THE proudest moment in Jason Ripley's life came when he represented England in the boxing ring.
He took up the sport when he was just 11 and showed amazing early promise in his first bout.
He not only won it, he also left with a trophy for being named the competition's best fighter.
It was the first of many honours and medals.
But Jason's best moment came when he was 13 and triumphed for England Schoolboys in a competition against South Africa in Barnsley.
His mum, Mary, remembers the triumph well.
"I've never seen a lad more ecstatic," she said. "That victory meant everything to him. He was so proud of that achievement."
Jason had boxed for the Cleckheaton-based Batley and Dewsbury Amateur Boxing Club, but his promising career was cut short by injury.
He broke his right wrist after tumbling from a tree swing at the age of 15.
It never healed properly and meant Jason's hopes of a professional boxing career were dashed.
He also loved football and was a mad-keen Liverpool fan.
He was hailed a hero in July, 1999, after helping to save a nine-year-old girl from drowning.
He was 12 and on a family outing to Blackmoorfoot Reservoir when the girl got into trouble in deep, cold water.
Jason managed to grab hold of her and keep her head above the surface until other rescuers went in to drag her out.
Jason was born on July 4, 1987.
The family lived in Crosland Moor and he went to Crosland Moor Junior School.
The family left Crosland Moor after Jason's elder brother, John, died in a road tragedy on Walpole Road in November, 1990.
They moved to Eton Avenue in Dalton in 1991 and have lived there ever since.
Jason switched to Dalton Junior School and then went to Almondbury High.
He left school at 16 and worked first as a labourer for a building firm and then for a window-fitting company.
He was made redundant and was hoping to start work for another window firm when he was killed.
He lived with Mary and her husband, Michael, along with 16-year-old sister Joanna and Mary's foster son, 15-year-old James.
His elder sister, 24-year-old Jessica, lives elsewhere.
Mary said: "Jason was very popular and had lots of friends. But he always made time for younger children, especially his cousins, Joe and Thomas.
"Once he started working he'd buy them bags of sweets and they'd sit in his bedroom talking about boxing.
"Jason was very generous. He packed a lot into his 17 years and enjoyed life. His death shocked all his friends to the core.
"Jason lived for his music and the house is just not the same without him.
"I like to think he's up there in Heaven with his brother, waiting for me."