Medal glory for Tamworth Kickboxers
TAMWORTH Kickboxing Academy have had a storming start to 2013 with a host of medals from top class competitions.
First up was the British WAKO championships in Birmingham with Lewis Brown claiming two gold and two silver.
There were gold and silver medals for Amber Jones, Jake Slater, Morgan Drayton and Jay Turner.
Ben Cardin won a gold and bronze as did Louise Cardin.
Finlay Ballantyne won a gold and Fin Castagna claimed a silver and bronze.
Without time to let the dust settle, competitors then headed to Dublin for the Irish Open and again the academy enjoyed success.
Fin Castagna returned home with two gold medals while Ballantyne, who also plays football for Walsall, bagged a gold medal.
Jack Ross claimed a silver and bronze while there were also bronze medals for Jack Dilloway, Amber Jones, Jake Slater and Dyla Castagna.
There were also strong performances from Sam Andrews, Kian Gamble, Bailey Nichols and Josh Hamilton.
Head coach Lance Manyer said: "these kids are competing at the top level of their sport, week in, week out.
"They are great ambassadors for Tamworth and are further evidence of the great sporting talent in the town – a far cry from the so-called 'most obese town in Britain' tag.
"The performances in Birmingham were fantastic and our team really rose to the occasion.
"All of them fought out of their skin.
"And in Ireland, they were again magnificent.
"To win one fight at the Irish Open is an achievement in itself because every round, even in the novice divisions, is staked out with great fighters.
"Our fighters had to be on top form to get anything out of the weekend but they dug and put in some great performances. They are flying the flag for Tamworth and the hard work they put in has really started to pay off."