Gold rush for martial arts youngsters

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DONCASTER’s martial arts youngsters are continuing to punch their weight on the world stage after a sensational gold rush, writes Paul Goodwin.

Hatfield’s Joe Sutherland became a world champion at just nine years of age by impressing the judges at the recent ISKA World Kickboxing Championships in Holland.

Joe Sutherland, nine, of Dunscroft, with his gold, silver and two bronze medals he won at the world kickboxing championships. Picture: Andrew Roe

Joe Sutherland, nine, of Dunscroft, with his gold, silver and two bronze medals he won at the world kickboxing championships. Picture: Andrew Roe

While students from Andy Crittenden’s Martial Arts Centre (ACMAC) took the club’s tally of world titles to 11 for the year after a string of impressive performances at two different events.

Lauran Renwick became a three-time world champion by scooping gold in empty hand forms and extreme forms, while also pairing up with club mate Sophie Hawkins to win the team forms in Holland.

Jessica Corish and Liam Wilkinson, meanwhile, won gold in every event they entered at the WTKA World Championships in Italy.

Sutherland, a pupil at Hatfield Travis St Lawrence Primary School, also won bronze medals in the points fighting and extreme forms before a strong performance in the creative open hand saw him win his first ever world title.

Aidan Hughes, 11, of Armthorpe, will be kicking off his fundraising to represent Great Britain in kickboxing.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2179LM

Aidan Hughes, 11, of Armthorpe, will be kicking off his fundraising to represent Great Britain in kickboxing. Picture: Liz Mockler D2179LM

The youngster recently returned from Canada where he represented England at the WKC World Championships.

Team ACMAC, meanwhile, have now won 11 world titles, 26 European championship medals and 37 national titles in the calendar year.

Aidan Hughes (pictured inset), of Armthorpe, started the ball rolling on another massive medal haul when he returned from the World Championships in Canada with a bronze medal in point sparring.

Corish won gold in Italy in both Tae Kwon Do patterns and weapon combat, while Wilkinson also claimed gold in Weapon Combat.

Stuart Wade added to the medal tally with a silver in Tae Kwon Do patterns in Holland.