An athlete from Hersham won gold at the special needs and pan-disability Scottish national judo competition.

Liam Duhig, 25, who has dyspraxia and is deaf in one ear, was the only athlete from Surrey in the competition in Livingston, Scotland, on Saturday, April 27.

Liam weighed in at 54.1kg making him the lightest male judo athlete in the competition, in which he competed in the under-66kg category.

Liam started the day in pool two and, after coming top of his pool, went on to the medal judo bouts.

The Hersham judoka won his last two matches to claim gold for Surrey and his club, Westerleigh Judokwai in East Sussex.

Liam’s father, Terry, said: “I felt ecstatic, words cannot really describe it.

“It was a great feeling because it has been a while since he got in to the medal places. I am exceptionally pleased.”

Liam’s next competition, the Special Olympics English and Welsh National Summer Games, is on Sunday, May 19.