World Champion titles for student kickboxers

KICKBOXERS from Haslingden High School were on top of the world when they fought their way a plethora of gold and silver medals.

At the World Open Championships in Barnsley, Nathaniel Leteney, Blaze Lee, Alexis Kyme and Ronnie Rathmill represented their club West Freestyle Martial Arts in Helmshore.

Nathaniel, 14, said: “The World Kickboxing Organisation championships had competitors from Denmark, France, Sweden, Scotland, Wales, Germany and all over England.

“I have been kickboxing for seven or eight years now and I won my third world title.”

Nathaniel, from Edenfield, got a bye into the final of the Mat Continuous age 14-15 weight 45-48kg.

He said: “My opponent was someone I had fought before. It wasn’t easy but because I had beaten him before, to a certain point I knew his weaknesses and maybe I exploited it.

“I also fought in the Ring competition in the same age and weight category and got the silver medal. In the final I was up against an opponent who was taller and heavier than me.”

Nathaniel also got a silver in boxing.

Alexis, 18, and Blaze, 12, both won two golds in their respective categories for boxing and kickboxing.

Ronnie, 12, said: “This was my first big competition and I won three rounds to get into the final. When I got into the final, I was really nervous because there were lots of people watching.

“I was in the ring against someone who was 6kg heavier than me and it was a hard fight. I was happy to get silver.

“I have been kickboxing for almost two years and before that I was boxing. Kickboxing is good for me because it means I can take out my anger and frustration in a controlled way.”

Ronnie also got a bronze in the Mat Continuous age 12-13, weight 37.5-44kg.