Young Kayleigh Goude has proved she’s a cut above the rest after scooping a bronze medal at a recent karate competition after only doing the sport for a year.
The 11-year-old from Wisbech is profoundly deaf, after being born without ear drums and is currently undergoing various tests to see if doctors can create an ear drum for her.
But her disability has failed to hold her back and Kayleigh who trains in Shotokan Karate at the Oasis Centre once a week, managed to beat fellow contestants from across the country at the English Karate Organisation run European, British National tournament held in Birmingham.
She gained 3rd place in the category 10 - 16yrs an height of 4ft 9 inches - 5ft 3 inches.
Proud dad John explained he and his wife Karen have never allowed Kayleigh’s hearing problems to prevent her from undertaking challenges and have actively encouraged her to do whatever she wants to try.
John explained doctors only discovered Kayleigh’s lack of ear drums when they started to treat her for hearing problems which they initially put down to the common childhood complaint of ‘glue ear’.
She was five at the time. Since then she has undergone surgery and been fitted with hearing aids to help her hear.
However, she tends to rely on lip reading rather than her hearing aids to communicate with people and is doing really well in Year 7 at Thomas Clarkson Academy.