Clifton hon­oured at the Il­lus­trated Hall Of Fame awards

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport Starts Here -

A fine year for Peter­bor­ough Freestyle mar­tial arts club ended on a high with a host of new black belts.

Paul Ritchie ( 1 7) , Nick Comben ( 17), Waqas Shezad ( 14), Is­rar Iltaf ( 12), Alana Mead­ows ( 11) and Jake Mead­ows ( 9) - who are all stu­dents at the club run by leg­endary city war­rior Clifton Find­ley- passed a re­cent grad­ing with fly­ing colours.

That capped a crack­ing 2012 in which the club had sam­pled na­tional and in­ter­na­tional medal glory.

Kevin Buck­ley and Find­ley’s son, Kyle, both landed ISKA Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship gold medals be­fore go­ing on to sam­ple fur­ther hon­ours at the ISKA World Cham­pi­onships in Hol­land.

Buck­ley claimed sil­ver af­ter an un­for­tu­nate cut to the eye scup­pered his hopes of gold as he had to re­tire from the fi­nal, while Find­ley col­lected anin­di­vid­ual bronze and a team sil­ver.

And Find­ley se­nior’s out­stand­ing ser­vice to mar­tial arts was recog­nised when he re­ceived his 5th Dan be­fore win­ning the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment ac­co­lade at the Mar­tial Arts Il­lus­trated Hall of Fame Awards.

“I was com­pletely shocked and flat­tered,” said Find­ley. “It is hum­bling to think that peo­ple from all over the coun­try voted for me to win the award.”

Find­ley is pic­tured with his award and some of his stu­dents.

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