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Megan leads medal haul

ELEVEN-year-old kickboxer Megan Mingle has taken gold at a world championship tournament in Spain.

ELEVEN-year-old kickboxer Megan Mingle has taken gold at a world championship tournament in Spain.

Megan, from Shirley, only took up the sport three-years-ago, but was soon competing at national and international level.

The Light Hall School pupil flew out to Alicante and took the gold last Friday.

Proud dad Ray said: “She started taking classes when she was still at primary school, but she took to it very quickly.

“She goes to classes once a week in Acocks Green and is very sporty all round - she also likes her cricket.

“I was over the moon when I heard that she’d won again, she’s been out to compete in Rome before.”

Megan wasn’t the only local who made a big impression on the continent.

Callum Hawthorne, aged 16, of Olton (-67kg jnr boys) and Tom Banks, aged 16 of Monkspath (-71kg jnr boys) followed suit and also captured gold in their respective divisions.

Newcomers to the team also faired well with Lode Heath’s Anthony Cridland and Nathan Pugsley gaining bronze and silver respectively in their divisions.

Joe Dadson, aged 14, of Lyndon School went one better and picked up two bronze medals in separate divisions.

The surprise of the championships came in the form of 13-year-old George Rees of Langley School. He blasted through the opposition in his first ever international championships and took gold in the -57kg division.

Not to be out done by the juniors Matt Tracey, Josh Haywood and Phil Peverelle all took silver medals in their divisions to round off a hugely successful tournament for Solihull kickboxers.

 

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