A TEENAGE kickboxer from Sutton, who has got his sights set on a place on Team GB, is celebrating after winning a prestigious competition.
Kade Hardy, who is a pupil at Ashfield School, was named Midlands Area Junior Kickboxing Champion at the Ramada VIII Championships held in Birmingham last month.
The 13-year-old fought in the 50-55kg weight category and he secured the title after three rounds with his opponent.
Speaking from the family home in Sutton, Kade said: “I felt confident but it was challenging. I had to go for it.”
Kade was supported by his dad Brendan and coach Matt Hainy.
“We didn’t have as many supporters there mainly because of the weather,” says Brendan.
“But it was a good atmosphere.”
Kade, who trains with Midlands 1 Kickboxing at Kirkby’s Festival Hall, got involved with the sport when he was five-years-old and he went on to secure the coveted black belt when he was just 11.
He said: “I tried football and karate but I never really liked them. My dad took me to kickboxing and I have stuck with it.”
And Brendan added: “He’s so dedicated - he trains almost every night.”
Winning his latest fight means that Kade will get the chance to take part in more competitions and he eventually hopes to qualify for a place on Team GB. He also wants to become a professional boxer.
Describing what it’s like to take part in a competition, Kade said: “You do get nervous but as soon as you step into the ring you get over it.”
There are various kickboxing classes for youngsters, men and women in Kirkby, Sutton, Mansfield and other parts of Nottinghamshire. For further information visit midlands1kickboxing.com.