Dynamic Spalding duo step up to win golds at kickboxing competitions
Two Spalding youngsters have shown they have feet of fury with impressive performances at different kickboxing competitions.
Josh Coyle (14) won the boys' colour belt under 58kg at the Watford Open Nationals event at Stoke Mandeville Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire.
Coyle, who trains weekly at the BKBA Martial Arts Academy in Peterborough, shone brightly at a competition that drew more than 1,000 fighters from across the UK and Europe.
This latest success came less than two years after Coyle won gold at the ICO (International Combat Organisation) British Championships in Birmingham as a 12-year-old in May 2018.
Meanwhile, Jack Spillett (12) has followed in Coyle's footsteps by winning the under-40kg title for 13-17-year0olds at this year's ICO British Open in Staffordshire.
Spillett, a Year 8 student at Spalding Academy who also trains two to three times a day, six days a week, also picked up a bronze medal at the same event.
A member of the Predators team at Pro Martial Arts School (PMAS) Kickboxing in Spalding and Kirton, Spillett is now looking forward to representing Team England at the ICO World Championships in Russia this September.
Laura Spillett, the youngster's mum, said: "Jack is a very hard-working child who has a passion for martial arts.
"He began kickboxing when he was nine years old and over the past few years he has begun competing at a national level."
Last November, Spillett went to the WMO (World Martial Arts Organisation) World Championships in Blackpool after winning gold at the governing body's European Championships in Rugby.
The youngster's success came in the under 35kg boys’ continuous category, with Spillett also picking a a bronze in the under 40kg category.
His mum said: "Jack has never found learning easy and at the age of seven, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
"Yet this has only made him even more determined to be the best he can be, working hard at school and achieving very well at Spalding Academy.
"Alongside his school work, Jack shows a strong commitment to training where his PMAS coaches are fantastic in giving my son confidence and self-belief that he can achieve anything he sets his mind too.
"Both Darren and myself, as Jack's parents, are incredibly proud of him and we are now looking for local companies to sponsor him in helping Jack to achieve his dream of fighting in Russia later this year."
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