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Luciano is Leeds Young Sportsman of the Year

The evening of 14 March is one that Allerton Grange Year 11 student, Luciano Zanuni, is unlikely to forget. He was named as Young Sportsman of the Year in the prestigious Leeds Sports Awards.

This achievement follows Luciano’s remarkable success in Treviso, Italy, in September 2017, where he won gold in the World Shotokan Karate championships in his age category. More recently, he was awarded the silver medal in the ESKA championships in Portugal.

“I was absolutely honoured to be sharing the stage with such talented athletes,” Luciano said. “You could see the positive potential that Leeds has and what we have to offer to the world of sport.”

Luciano’s ambitions don’t stop there. He is already competing again in the KUGB nationals and wants to win as many medals as possible in national competitions. He hopes to be picked for the GB team for the fourth time this summer and represent the country in Serbia.

About becoming the Leeds Young Sportsperson of the Year, Luciano said: “It was surreal, especially being interviewed backstage. I feel very proud of myself, but this is all down to my family, who have supported my achievements all the way. Without them, I couldn’t have got this far.”

Mike Roper, Headteacher of Allerton Grange said: “We are extremely proud of Luciano’s achievements. Winning the Leeds Young Sportsman of the Year is very well-deserved and is the result of his hard work and dedication.”

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