Riley, who previously attended Brannel School and is currently studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and attends the College’s Medics’, Academic and High Performance academies, said: “I participated in points fighting in the Junior (16-18) and Senior (19-39) categories. I'm extremely happy with my performance since I've dedicated months of training to achieving this, and this was my first competition since fracturing my eye socket in April this year.”
Riley, who began training in karate seven years ago with Byrne Black Belt Academy and started competing in high-level competitions in 2018, spoke of how supportive the College and the High Performance Academy have been towards him as a student athlete: “Callywith has supported me by helping me manage my busy timetable with sports, and in particular the High Performance Academy has given me a space and time each week to train during college so I can focus on my sport within college hours and have an extra opportunity to better my sporting abilities with the High Performance Academy Coach, Julian.
“My next main focus is travelling to the US Open World Championships in June next year and winning more medals against tough competition.”
The High Performance Academy, which offers specialised training and support to exceptional student athletes who compete as individuals within their sporting arena, takes place in our fully-equipped gym in Fox building. The academy focuses on providing the opportunity to access outstanding functional movement advice, focusing on sport specific based biomechanics, whilst delivering expert strength and conditioning programmes to help athletes reach their potential.
Staff at Callywith College are extremely proud of Riley’s achievements and are excited to hear what he does next.