Quar­tet a knock­out suc­cess in ring

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - El­lie Honey­bone

Lanna Pres­tige fight­ers were a force to be reck­oned with at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Muay Thai Cham­pi­onships last month, with four peo­ple tak­ing home medals.

The cham­pi­onships were held on Oc­to­ber 17 and 18 with Brody Collins, 16, Madeline Duiker, 16, Jake Row­ley, 14, and Da­mon Nel­son, 16, mak­ing the trip to Queens­land to fight.

The Comet Bay Col­lege stu­dents train un­der An­drew Nel­son at his Lanna Pres­tige gym in Sin­gle­ton and qual­i­fied for the event af­ter com­pet­ing at the WA State Cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber.

Mr Nel­son said the re­sults at the na­tional event were im­pres­sive as the com­peti­tors from the East­ern States were of­ten more ex­pe­ri­enced with more fights un­der their belts.

“Da­mon took home the gold, Brody won bronze and Maddi and Jake fin­ished with sil­ver medals,” he said.

“It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult and it was great to see so many com­peti­tors.

“There were over 200 fight­ers in what was only the sec­ond year the event has ever been held.”

Brody said the at­mos­phere at the event was dif­fer­ent from that of his pre­vi­ous fights.

“There were big­ger crowds and it was much more in­tense, but we are all re­ally happy with the out­come,” he said.

Da­mon has now qual­i­fied for the 2016 IFMA World Cham­pi­onships, which will be held in Jonkop­ing, Swe­den, in May.

Da­mon will also be de­fend­ing his State ju­nior light­weight ti­tle on Satur­day at the Ju­nior Fight Show, which will be held at Halls Head Recre­ation Cen­tre.

Tick­ets for the Ju­nior Fight Show can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing 0403 250 157 or 0450 177 863.

Pic­ture: Brock Doe Fight Pho­tog­ra­phy

Muay Thai fighter Brody Collins, 16, takes on his op­po­nent.

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