A Cardiff Metropolitan University student is looking to retain his title at one of Wales' leading Karate competitions for the eleventh year in a row.
Lloyd Birt, who studies Bsc Sport and Physical Education, is hoping to add to his impressive list of medals at the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) Welsh Championships in Merthyr Tydfil, on June 21st.
Since he began studying at Cardiff Met two years ago, Lloyd has won a series of national and international medals. His accolades include four World medals, two European medals, 18 National medals and 20 Welsh medals.
20-year-old Lloyd, from Blackwood, initially began practising Karate at just eight years old, earning his first black-belt aged 11.
Last September, he took part in the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships, which saw almost 900 competitors from 28 different countries descend on Liverpool's Echo Arena to battle it out for the sport's highest achievements.
Lloyd faced competition from a host of top International competitors and came away with two medals: silver in the Junior category and a Bronze in the Senior, despite the fact that he hasn't turned 21 yet.
He narrowly missed out on becoming World Champion in the Junior category after being defeated by the eventual winner by only 0.3 point.
As a result of his outstanding performance in the Championship he has now been selected for both England's Central Region and Wales' national Karate squad. He was also selected to compete at the European Karate Championships in Portugal last December, where he won another Bronze medal.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to competing in the Welsh championships. It's important for me to perform well in this competition and the British Championships in May as I have my sights firmly set on being selected for the European Championships later this year in Switzerland.
"Although balancing training, competing and studying is a challenge, I actually find that studying helps give me a break and focus on something different. The university have been incredibly supportive and I am thankful to everyone for their encouragement."
As well as competing in the Welsh division of the competition, Lloyd will also compete in the KUGB British Championships at the NIA Birmingham on May 3rd.
Lloyd regularly trains with Tekki RS Karate Club at Cardiff, with his coach Simon Thompson (5th Dan).