SOUND STORY

YOUNG FIGHTER OFF TO THAI­LAND

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Aiden Boy­ham

Ber­tam’s Noah Beck­with is one of the most tal­ented ju­nior ath­letes in WA, with the nine-year-old Muay Thai fighter set to travel to Thai­land this month to test his met­tle in the ring.

The St Vin­cent’s Catholic Pri­mary School stu­dent, who can­not of­fi­cially com­pete in WA un­til he is 12 years old, of­ten flies in­ter­state or over­seas to Thai­land to fight.

Train­ing out of The Pit in Can­ning Vale, Noah also rep­re­sents the Num Pon Thep gym as a com­peti­tor in Thai­land and has to fight for the gym at least four times a year to re­main a mem­ber.

This month’s trip will be the young­ster’s sec­ond of the year, af­ter pre­vi­ously vis­it­ing in Jan­uary to fight a lo­cal Thai boy in a “tem­ple” fight.

Noah’s mother Bobby said his win on points over the more ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal fighter was “huge”.

“Usu­ally, if it comes down to points, the lo­cal wins so that was awe­some,” she said. “Tem­ple fights pretty much mean you have made it …. and from there, you go on to fight in sta­di­ums.”

Noah said he was most look­ing for­ward to train­ing with sev­eral cham­pi­ons on his next trip, while Bobby de­scribed Thai­land as “the place to be” for the sport. “They are all world-class fight­ers and pretty much hold all the belts, so to go and train over there with peo­ple like that … he is a dif­fer­ent kid ev­ery time he comes back,” she said. “Year round, Noah trains three to four times per week and when it comes to a fight he does a six-week prep.

“He does a 5km run and then he trains for three hours; it’s ev­ery as­pect of Muay Thai.”

Such is the level of Noah’s skills, he has Ripped Sup­ple­ments look­ing af­ter his nu­tri­tion while also be­ing the youngest ath­lete to be spon­sored by renowned nu­tri­tion, ap­parel and fight gear com­pany Pun­ish.

While Noah’s skills with the gloves have been known since he be­gan muck­ing around with the pads in the fam­ily shed as a tod­dler, his ath­letic life­style has drawn crit­i­cism.

“We have had neg­a­tive feed­back; but the peo­ple who com­ment don’t know us,” Ms Beck­with said.

“It’s mainly been trolls on Face­book — with com­ments like ‘th­ese par­ents are ex­ploit­ing their kid’ and that we must be drug ad­dicts.

“It’s hilarious be­cause we must be some of the health­i­est peo­ple out there.”

De­spite the crit­i­cism, Ms Beck­with said the fam­ily had re­ceived great sup­port from Noah’s school and, most im­por­tantly, he was a healthy, happy kid.

Pic­ture: Bobby Beck­with

Young Muay Thai star Noah Beck­with, 9, is off to Thai­land this month.

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