Tom receives GOLD sports scholarships from the University of Birmingham making him one of the top 5 sportspeople at the prestigious university of around 27000 people.
Bronze at the Banzai open in Germany, toms first competition back for a while so was never going to be his best performance, unfortunately tom lost a very questionable referee’s decision to a local German fighter in the semi-final before having to fight both the refs and opponent in different ways to gain points in the bronze medal fight.
After much thought and hard thinking, Tom has made the tough decision to change clubs and coaches. This is not a decision that he wanted to have to make but due to the circumstances he felt he had no choice after being stopped from training, having a damaging effect on his pursuit of his dream to be the best. He has chose to join Kaizen central based in Luton due to the exceptionally talented team down there lead by national coach William Thomas. As said before this isn’t a decision he wanted to make as he loved teaching and passing on his knowledge onto the young eager fighters who looked up to him. But he will now train with his new coach in Luton. This shows Tom’s commitment to travel down there from Birmingham up to twice a week, along with working with training partners and other coaches including the whole scholarship team at the University of Birmingham.
Tom wins the Central England Championships after 4 rounds beating 3 England A squad members.
Selected for junior world championships in Spain in November this will be toms 3rd and last junior world championships and he will compete in the U21 -78kgs section. tom has gained a bronze in 2009 and a gold in 2011 at the junior worlds already making him England’s most successful junior on a world level, lets hope he van go further a continue his success.
Back from the Dutch open senior world series event after finishing in the top 8, a good result considering tom is 18 and was up against some of the top ranked fighters in the world at a senior level. Tom once again got a better result than any other England fighter out there. But is expecting himself to start getting into those medals soon.
Tom wins the British University Championships as part of the university of Birmingham’s mens team, the first ever gold here for the university in toms first BUCS event. Tom has also been named captain for next year.
Tom returned from the Wasquehal open in France with a Bronze medal. He was the only male from the England team to medal at these championships in over 3 years and the youngest person to medal at overall this time out of all competitors attending from around the world.
Selected for the Junior European championships set to take place in Turkey in February in the U21 -78KGS section, toms first time in this section, hopefully he can continue his success now hes moving into both this and the senior sections
Won the British international open on the 6th October with a 8-0 final in the senior mens -75kgs
TOM HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LATER THIS YEAR, AS THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE TEAM
Tom becomes English champion for fifth time running, four fights, 31points for, and 0 against
Tom Hickman has just returned from the Junior European championships with a Bronze medal
He is the current World Karate Federation Junior World Champion. He took the title in Malaysia in October 2011
To support his ambitions, Tom is currently fundraising.