Fighting back

Amanda Dundas

Amanda Dundas

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AMANDA Dundas (15) a pupil at Mearns Castle high school, returned to competitive karate on Sunday — and had a medal to show for her efforts.

The local yougnster was on top of the world in 2011 with medal wins in Portugal, Ireland and at the Commonwealth karate contest in Sydney, Australia.

However, in July that year, Amanda suffered a anterior cruciate ligament injury which required surgery and nine months of intense rehab at the national sports injury clinic.

On Sunday, Amanda made her long awaited return at the national kata championships, winning bronze in the shitoryu style cadet female section.

She also placed fifth in the all styles female cadet section.

Amanda told The Extra: “It was a long uphill struggle but I am glad to be back and very proud of this achievement”.

The karate star now hopes to compete in the British national championships in Glasgow on June 3.