Sheffield kickboxer Freya Holmes is junior world champion

Freya Holmes with her medal and trophy and coach Brian Beck

Freya Holmes with her medal and trophy and coach Brian Beck

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Sheffield kickboxer Freya Holmes has been crowned junior cadet world champion in the finals in Dublin.

The 10-year-old from Sothall, Beighton, reached the finals after a fight-off following training with the World Association Organisations Great Britain squad.

On a great day in the Irish capital she beat an Italian opponent in the quarter-finals, a Czech girl in the semis and a Bulgarian in the final.

Her father Mark Holmes said: “It was a fantastic day, we are really thrilled for Freya.

“She did her family, coach and the team proud.”

The Hackenthorpe BritishMartial Arts Academy member Freya started training when she was just six, and had her first taste of points fighting at age nine.

“Although she enjoyed it, she didn’t place but fought really well for her first time,” Mark remembers.

“Things went from strength to strength from that first tournament. We attended more tournaments, almost one every couple of weeks.

“She then started to place and then went on to start winning more tournaments.

“She trains really hard under the watchful eye of Master Brian Beck of British Martial Arts Academy and his assistant fight coach Nathan Armstrong in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield.

“She is now back training hard and looking forward to the future and hopefully doing some international tournaments.”

* Freya’s father Mark Holmes says Freya’s training and travelling expenses are self-funded and says anyone interested in sponsoring her would be welcome to email him at markh25@icloud.com

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