THE Andy Crittenden Martial Arts Club hopes to be able to boast a world kickboxing champion come the end of the year.
The Balby-based club, which also operates in several other areas of Doncaster, has seven members through to the two 2011 finals in Italy and Spain in successive weeks in late October and early November.
“These are the third World Championships and it’s by far our biggest entry,” said Andy, a fifth-dan martial arts instructor.
“Last year we had just one qualify, David Colley, and he came away with a bronze.”
The 16 year-old is hoping the experience he gained in Portugal last year will stand him in good stead this year.
“He will be in a tougher class against older opponents but he’s up for the challenge,” said Andy.
Another of the club’s younger members tipped to do well is 15 year-old Holly Winder.
“She’s won two English titles this year, so she’s got a good chance of a medal,” said Andy.
Suneil Singh (I5) also booked his ticket to Spain by wining a national title in the recent English Championships in Manchester.
Haydn Lindley (19), Jessica Corish (20), Natalie Loy (21) and Kevin Miller (33), will all be representing the club in Italy.
“Ideally I’d like them all to win a world title, but realistically that’s unlikely. It would certainly nice to have one world champion and at least to get two medals.”