World beat­ers

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

Dum­fries has a new crop of six world cham­pi­ons in the sports of taek­wondo and kick­box­ing.

Both the WMAC Taek­wondo and MF Kick­box­ing World Cham­pi­onships were be­ing held in Swin­don at the Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre at the week­end.

The Matt Fid­des Mar­tial Arts Academy en­tered 14 stu­dents into the taek­wondo com­pe­ti­tion after they won in Manch­ester in Septem­ber.

They were up against teams from Kuwait, In­dia, Nepal and Canada to go through to the semi and fi­nals in Novem­ber.

Out of the 14 stu­dents they took home five world taek­wondo gold medals. They went to Aimie John­son, Isla Black, Matthew Rid­det, Owen Com­ley and Isaac Hulme. There were also six sil­ver medals and three bronze medals awarded.

Dur­ing the same week­end there were an­other 14 stu­dents com­pet­ing in the Kick­box­ing World Ti­tles.

Al­fie McEwen brought gold back to the re­gion with an­other six sil­ver medals and four bronze medals fol­low­ing that ti­tle.

Mas­ter teacher Anne Arm­strong said: “As a squad to come home with this haul of medals and to bring six world cham­pi­ons back to Dum­fries is just out­stand­ing.

“I’m proud of each and ev­ery sin­gle kid who stepped up to the plate and showed just how amaz­ing they all are. I’m the proud­est teacher ever.” Aimie John­son and Isla Black WMAC Taek­wondo World Cham­pi­ons with Anne Arm­strong WMAC Taek­wondo World Cham­pion

WMAC Taek­wondo World Cham­pion

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Isaac Hulme

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