Feel Good Story

Judo player who lost leg achieves black belt

Ten years ago, Aaron Hawkins, aged just 18, was caught in a motorbike crash that left him with broken bones below the knee.

Doctors did their best to try and save his leg, but eventually Aaron had to have it amputated and now wears a prosthetic leg.

​​Now, ten years later, Aaron has credited the sport of judo with forcing him to “look at the positives” in life. And a lot of positives there are – as Aaron has now gone on to achieve his black belt.

Aaron’s father, Graeme Hawkins, said: “Words don’t explain how proud I am of Aaron. He’s a superstar.”

“It just proves if you put your mind to something and you want to do it, you can do it, he’s proved that.”​​​​

It’s true, Aaron is an inspiration. Hold on while I Google my nearest judo training school…