getting held-back by her kickboxing club because she was too successful,
young Abie Macartney struck back with a vengeance by being crowned
overall champion of the ProKick Funday June 30.
The east Belfast school-girl had excelled so much at the monthly
event that she had to step aside in May to allow the others to have
a chance of winning. But last weekend she showed why she is being
tipped as a name for the future, by triumphing again.
And as an added bonus, the 10 year old was presented with her awards
by newly crowned Celtic kickboxing champion Ian Young. The former
Linfield footballer took the Light Welterweight title in front of
a packed Park Avenue Hotel just over a week ago.
“This is brilliant for the kids as everyone is a winner and
everyone goes home with a medal after the ProKick funday,”
he said. “It’s important to everyone at Prokick Gym
that children learn about self-discipline and self-defense and grow
up in a respectful and disciplined environment. The gym’s
motto is Truth, Discipline and Respect – that is topped off
with great fun for the kids. And Abie is a great little talent lighting
the way for everyone!”
The sixth monthly event took place at the ProKick HQ in Belfast
and was the biggest and best so far. There were 35 kids in the gym,
from ages 6-12, for a series of fun games that allowed them to put
some of the kickboxing skills they have learned into practice.
“They can’t compete until they are 15 and this non-contact
series of tests allows them to see the steps they are making in
class,” said head coach Billy Murray. “It’s also
great for me to see that there is a very real future for the sport
amongst dozens of bright, keen and able kids.
“We’re going to keep these going and I’d like
to invite any parents who want to see how their kids can have fun
in a great, safe environment to come along.”
sister Laura (7) wants to be the best too, just like her older sister
Abi who is 10 years old.
Follow is a racing fitness game. The children are seated in lines,
Mr Murray calls out someone’s name and all the children follow
that person until they’re told to go back to their lines and
the last one to sit down in their original place is out.
Multiple Kicks: Whoever can kick the longest without setting
their foot back on the ground wins.
Winner - Abi
Races, This is to have the Prokick
kids have fun through games - at the same time introduce them to
friendly competition by racing against each other and as a team.
Alan Titmus & Abi Macartney
The overall winner of June's Kids event, winner of three separate
events was - Abi Macartney
For further details on prokick classes -
contact the Prokick Gym on 028 9065 1074.
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