Kickboxing trio is world class
Cameron Mcgarrigle, 14, has become the first-ever junior kickboxer from the Eastern Counties to win a world kickboxing title. His fellow 3 Lions Gym, Great Yarmouth, kickboxers Daniel Dawson (15) and Jade Munro (12) - both battling injuries - boosted the trio's medal haul to five with two silver medals each.
Cameron Mcgarrigle, 14, has become the first-ever junior kickboxer from the Eastern Counties to win a world kickboxing title.
His fellow 3 Lions Gym, Great Yarmouth, kickboxers Daniel Dawson (15) and Jade Munro (12) - both battling injuries - boosted the trio's medal haul to five with two silver medals each. Jade missed a world title by one point.
They were members of the 25-strong England junior full contact kickboxing squad at the world championships in Huelva, Spain.
In the 12-14 year olds under 60 kilo category Cameron, after battling through the eliminators all week, met Ireland's Glen McFarlane in the final.
The Belton lad won the first and second rounds with dazzling hand speed, working on the back foot against the tough aggressive Irish lad who was throwing non-stop power shots. In the third and final round the Irish fighter had a bit more success landing a few big right hands, but Cameron used his fast front kicks to great effect, keeping McFarlane out of range.
Dan Dawson was representing England in the 15-17 year olds under 60 kilos and under 60 kilos K1 categories.
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In the kickboxing Daniel came up against the Ukrainian national champion Vork Ogancsyan in the semi-finals, possibly one of the best fights of the tournament, with the Yarmouth lad outscoring the Ukrainian with his slick movement and landing powerful body kicks
Daniel put the Ukrainian down for an eight count with a right roundhouse kick in the first round and proceeded to dominate the three rounds.
In the final he met German champion Dominic Gabldri two days later. The German fighter was very defensive but Daniel found his range in the third round and rocked the German several times, but with two rounds to one in favour of the German, Daniel had to settle for the silver medal and No 2 in the world.
In the K1 category eliminators, against fellow England squad member Ryan Lowney, Daniel (two years younger) broke his toe and was also struggling with a bad knee and pulled chest muscle and gave it his all in the first round, but coach Dave Munro pulled him out to save his injuries getting worse, resulting in another fantastic silver medal for the 3 Lions fighter.
Jade Munro, the double British and Commonwealth schoolgirl champion, qualified for both the final of the 12-14 year olds under 45 kilo full contact kickboxing category and the final of the 12-14 year olds under
45-kilo K1 category.
Jade, who went into the world championships with a broken toe, faced the 14-year-old Canadian champion Alicia Rimad for the schoolgirl world title.
After a close first round, Jade got her boxing together and was knocking the Canadian girl's head back with fast jabs and crosses. After a cracking right hand the ref gave the Canadian girl a standing count.
Going into the third round Jade was ahead on points and only had to draw the round to win the world title. But the result was a split decision (two judges for the Canadian and one for Jade), Jade missing out on the world title by one point.
She had the consolation of the silver medal and being No 2 45kilo schoolgirl kickboxer in the world. Jade also took the silver medal in the K1 category.
Coaches Dave Munro and Frank Crosswell were extremely proud of their three young stars. Dave said: “We weren't expecting any medals as there were teams from USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kosovo, France, Sweden, Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Wales, Norway and Holland, with over a thousand junior competitors in the various styles and categories where medals could be contested.
“Cameron, Dan and Jade were superb and have gone up another level, proving they can take on the best in the world and win an amazing five medals!”
The chief England coach Dean Sugden thinks that Daniel and Jade can definitely take gold in the next world championships, if they carry on improving and training hard.
Next year's world junior championships are in Scotland, and the 2011 world junior championships will be in Florida in the USA. Hopefully Cameron, Daniel and Jade will continue improving and qualify for both events.
Jade, Daniel and Cameron would like to thank Frank Crosswell and Dave Munro for all the extra training, and Jade would like to thank John Hutchins from Kingfisher Boxing Club for the extra boxing sessions, and Scott Graysmark for the use of Top Body Gym to make the weight when she was injured.
All three3 fighters will be in action at the big European title kickboxing event at the Ocean Rooms on Sunday, December 6.