Martial arts maestros merit medals!

November 03 2017

A TEAM of four members from the Elite Gym in Staple Hill took part in the Southern Area Championships in Southampton against more than 300 other competitors, writes Andrew Davies.

A TEAM of four members from the Elite Gym in Staple Hill took part in the Southern Area Championships in Southampton against more than 300 other competitors, writes Andrew Davies.

Ray Godfrey from our Kickin' Cubs Classes did extremely well against a more experienced opponent and took his bout to extra time where he lost by a single point in a sudden death extension, just missing out on a medal position.

International competitor Dean Turner, 16, had to settle for Bronze after a very exciting and technical bout against an equally experienced competitor who went on to win the division with some well-executed head kicks.

Milly Mancey was on form yet again overcoming other competitors in the elimination rounds with consummate ease ,also taking an early lead in the final where her opponent eventually fought back to win Gold and Milly taking Silver.

For Maddy Morgan from our kickboxing section, this was his first competition and made sure it wouldn't be his last. He overcame his opponents in the elimination rounds to reach the final where a smaller and more experienced opponent began to take a convincing lead. However, Maddy in the last round took the fight to his opponent and won on a TKO with the other competitor throwing in the towel.

We are pleased that Dean has been invited to attend an international training camp in Spain in the next couple of weeks and depending very much on whether time and circumstances permit, could be looking for sponsorship if he is able to attend.

The  gym offers sessions in Taekwondo, kickboxing, exercise classes, and personal training for fitness and weight control. Call 0759 8505299.