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Young Lions roar to championships

PUBLISHED: 12:49 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 30 June 2010

Champion kickboxers from the 3 Lions Gym.

Champion kickboxers from the 3 Lions Gym.

Thirteen members of the Yarmouth-based 3 Lions Kickboxing Gym took part in the NAK National Junior Light Contact Kickboxing Championships in Ipswich.

Nine reached the finals of their age and weight categories and six fighters (pictured) went on to become national champions.

Thirteen members of the Yarmouth-based 3 Lions Kickboxing Gym took part in the NAK National Junior Light Contact Kickboxing Championships in Ipswich.

Nine reached the finals of their age and weight categories and six fighters (pictured) went on to become national champions.

Luca McComb (8) beat Joe Giles (London Phoenix) to win the U25 kilo category. Imogen Casey (10) beat Alana Thompson (Ipswich Millennium) to win the U30 kilo female category. Kelsea Carroll (12) beat Stevie Snaddons (London Scorpians) to win the U-35 kilo female category. Ben Mitchell (13) beat Jack Wright (London Phoenix) to win the U45 kilo category. Jack Docherty (15) beat Tyla Thompson (East Area Thai Bedford) to win the U55 kilo category.

World silver medallist and British and Commonwealth Thaiboxing champion Jade Munro (13) successfully defended her NAK title, beating Nicole Huntingdon (Ipswich Millennium), winning the U50 kilo female category. Jade is now giving up her kickboxing to concentrate on boxing with the hugely successful Kingfisher Boxing Club.

Henry Andrews (13) fought superbly, winning his quarter-final and semi-finals in style losing his final to far more experienced Daniel McGowan (East Area Thai Bedford).

Nicky McHugh (8) was outstanding in his quarter-final but was surprisingly disqualified in his semi-final when he was well ahead of Ipswich's Tommy Purdy.

Tommy Bracken (7) beat Jack Purdy (Ipswich) in his quarter-final but lost in an excellent semi-final bout to Marshall Hunt (Red Pheonix) who eventually won their category.

Conor Judge (14) had won every round in his final with Londoner James Sutton, when he was disqualified for excessive power with only seconds to go in the last round.

Coaches Frank Croswell and Dave Munro feel Connor is better suited to the full contact version of the sport.

Coaches Frank, Bin and Dave were very proud of their students' successes with the club, once again proving their junior team are a force to be reckoned with.

Junior Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, U9, 6.15 to 7.15pm and nine to 14s, 7.15 to 8.30pm.

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