Belfast school-girl is proved so good at her sport... that she has
had to stop competing to give others a chance of winning!
Ten year old Abie McCartney is kickboxing crazy. In the three years
she has been a member of Billy Murray’s ProKick Gym in east
Belfast, she was won an astonishing 25 trophies and medals. But
the Cregagh girl was barred from taking part in her gym’s
ProKick Says fun Day this week, because she is just too good!
“She’s brilliant,” laughed Murray. “She’s
a brilliant little athlete, she loves her kickboxing and she trains
very hard. On this occasion, I thought it best to have Abie as a
judge watching the other juniors taking part and encouraging them
along. She was great about it and didn’t mind. But I’ve
a feeling she’ll be back doubly determined next time.”
The ‘ProKick Says’ funday has been running every month
since January. Up to 50 junior members of the gym - aged 6-11 -
take part in the initiative that allows them to put their kickboxing
skills on display in a friendly and competitive arena.
The young stars, who cannot compete in the ring until they reach
the age of 15, combine the disciplines taught at the Prokick Gym
in an occasion packed with fun.
It is, says coach Eddie Salmon, essentially a version of Simon Says
“Mr Murray wanted to give the young members an opportunity
to practice, mixing competition with fun,” he said.
“Everyone is a winner and everyone goes home with a medal
to show they have taken part. Other medals are awarded through the
day for winning in certain tasks. These were the ones that Abie
The ProKick Says Funday is a great way for kids to get active in
a fun environment. They next will take place at the start of June.
For further info on this and any other ProKick activity, log back
here at proKick.com
And beware – Abie will be back next month. And she’ll
For further details on prokick classes - contact the Prokick Gym
on 028 90 651 074.
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