World Championship gold for committed Langwith kickboxer Jade

LAngwith kickboxer Jade Humphries.

LAngwith kickboxer Jade Humphries.

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Jade Humphries has realised a dream of hers after returning home a world champion.

The kickboxer from Langwith competed at the World Championships in Orlando, Florida and came back with a gold medal and the world crown.

The 18-year-old, who already has a string of national and international titles to her name, sealed victory in the under-18s under-60kg category.

To add to her individual success, Jade also earned a bronze medal as part of the team event to cap off a successful competition across the pond.

Jade’s proud mother Sarah says her daughter’s achievements were well-deserved after all her hard work over the past dozen years.

Sarah told the Chad: “She fought over four days and had to earn her right to get through to the final.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to win a world title. She beat a Canadian girl in the final and that was brilliant.

“We’re very proud of her.

“She’s been doing it for 12 years since she was six and she’s already got quite a few titles.

“But this was the one she wanted and hadn’t got until now.”

Jade is in her first year studying sport at Sheffield Hallam University.

However, Sarah says that her desire to succeed means balancing studies and competing at events is not a problem.

She said: “Jade is always competing on a Sunday, whether it’s up in Newcastle or closer to home in Sheffield.

“She trains twice a week over in Doncaster and keeps herself fit.

“She’s competed all over but has only got two more events before Christmas.”

Sarah added that funding is always an issue with youngsters wishing to compete on the big stage.

Earlier this year Jade’s hopes of attending the Florida event were given a huge push when the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League - which Jade plays in - donated £700.

To sponsor Jade, contact Martin Humphries on 01623 743662.