British Karate Federation

Darlene Foster wins Silver in Bremen in first World Disability Championships


Welsh teenager Darlene Foster has been described as an inspiration after overcoming several illnesses to win awards in Karate.


Since the age of seven Darlene has been training in the sport after wanting to emulate the success of both of her sisters who are Welsh internationals and she’s certainly proved herself.


Darlene, from Pontypridd, has scoliosis, dyspraxia, autism, learning disabilities, speech, hearing and language impediments, three hernias and a bulging spinal disc but despite this the 20-year-old has won many awards including the South Wales Echo Sporting Personality of the year.


She won two competitions as an under-16 as well as getting Gold, silver & bronze medals in the Welsh Karate Governing Body Welsh Open Championships in the over-16s Special Needs category at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff.


She came third in the very first British Karate Federation British Championship Disabled Categories.


Her best result was in Bremen in the WKF World Championships in 2014 where she won a Silver Medal in the Learning Difficulties Category.


“Darlene has done really well,” said her instructor Alwyn Heath, who since teaching Darlene has now set up a special needs class in the 2010 Sporting Champions awards. She is so inspiring. She has developed from a shy seven-year-old who didn’t communicate much to a confident young lady.”