North Bristol kickboxers win three gold medals at world championships

September 30 2016

A top team of junior kickboxers from Bristol have triumphed at the Junior World Amateur Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO) World Championships.

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A top team of junior kickboxers from Bristol have triumphed at the Junior World Amateur Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO) World Championships.

The team of eight youngsters, all aged between 10-17 years old travelled to Dublin for the competition. The competitors train at the GB Fit gym in Horfield and Powersports gym in Redland alongside WAKO GB coaches Sharon Gill and Sean Veira.

There were over 45 countries taking part at this top level competition with every country having their finest competitors to represent them. After a tough week of competition, the team came home with an outstanding three Gold medals and one Bronze.

Coach Sharon Gill said: “I have never had students win three gold medals at a major championships like this before and for me to see the success they have achieved means more than anything - coming from one small city amongst the world is an amazing achievement.” 

Gold medals were achieved by Isobelle Whitmore (13) in the under 50kgs, 13-15 years category, Rio Williams (12) in the under 37kgs, 10-12 years group, and Cory Cook (14) in the under 47kgs, 13-15 years category. The Bronze medal was achieved by Ishana Moores (17) in the under 50kgs section for 16-18 year olds.

Sharon is a WAKO GB Junior coach and has been training in kickboxing for over 30 years herself. She has won six world titles and is a 4th degree black sash in Lau Gar Kung Fu. 

The young kickboxers dedicate themselves to the sport and train more than four times per week. Sharon travels around the world Internationally with the team and has successfully coached them to win many titles. 

She added: “As a small group from Bristol, we travel internationally, several times a year to various countries such as, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia and Greece to compete at higher level tournaments in order to get the experience needed to win World and European titles. This takes much time, training and expense but the students are so dedicated to win that they put themselves out to do so.”