More success in Europe for the Peterborough kick-boxing brigade

Local kick-boxers to excel in Romania were from the left Liam Carter, Bethany Jones, Kevin Buckley, Justin Ayling, Leanne Jones and Kyle Findley.
Local kick-boxers to excel in Romania were from the left Liam Carter, Bethany Jones, Kevin Buckley, Justin Ayling, Leanne Jones and Kyle Findley.
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There was more success for Peterborough’s outstanding crop of kick-boxers last weekend.

Last month the Peterborough BCKA Club ruled the roost at the WKC World Championships in Portugal, returning with four world titles, nine silver medals and five bronze medals.

At the weekend it was the turn of the Peterborough Freestyle Club and the Peterborough Warriors Club to steal the headlines with a dominant display at the Judgement Day Martial Arts Tournament in Romania.

The event attracted over 800 competitors from all over Europe and Peterborough fighters returned with a stack of medals.

Warriors Bethany and Leanne Jones from Bretton proved to be a formidable sister act with Leanne winning three gold medals and Bethany two golds and two silvers.Also competing from the Warriors was Liam Carter and he won a gold and a silver.

From the Freestyle Club young Justin Ayling, aged nine, stole the show with two golds and there was also a gold for Kyle Findley and a silver for Kevin Buckley.

Former world karate champion Clifton Findley, who runs the Freestyle Club, said: “It was a terrific weekend for Peterborough fighters and a great way to end another fabulous year during which we’ve won loads of British, European and world titles. It makes me feel very proud.”

The Jones girls, Findley Junior and Buckley all won world titles in Spain earlier in the year and in October Findley was crowned European champion in Italy.

Romania results:

Kevin Buckley

Silver - men’s 84kg semi-contact.

Leanne Jones

Gold - ladies 55kg semi-contact

Gold - ladies 65kg points

Gold - ladies 60kg light-contact

Bethany Jones

Gold - girls 16-18 50kg semi-contact

Gold - girls 16-18 60kg semi-contact

Silver - ladies 55kg semi-contact

Silver - girls 16-18 55kg ligh contact

Kyle Findley

Gold - men’s 74kg semi-contact

Liam Casey

Gold - boys 14=16 47kg semi-contact

Silver - boys 14-16 52kg semi-contact

Justin Ayling

Gold - boys 8-10 32kg semi-contact

Gold - boys 8-10 37kg semi-contact

Other locals to have excelled recently in kick-boxing championships are Gaynor Morgan from the city-based Hicks Karate School and Jack Bristowe, a Spalding Grammar School pupil from Holbeach Drove who fights for the Corby BCKA Club.

Bristowe excelled at the WKC World Championships in Portugal winning two titles while Morgan won a gold medal at the European Championships in Slovenia to add to the world titles she won earlier in the year in Dublin and Spain.

Hicks Karate School’s chief instructor Andrew Hicks said: “Gaynor is one of the top UK fighters in her field and so humble with it. She has fought at international and world level for a few years now and is a credit to the sport.”

Bristowe, who also won three titles in the summer at the US Open, said: “I could never have imagined being where I am now when I took up the sport four years ago.”