A student at Bilborough College is celebrating after winning Gold at the kickboxing Unified World Championships in Italy – despite only taking up the sport a year ago.
Megan Hately, of Awsworth, was representing GB at the competition in Carrera where she claimed Gold in the continuous category, Bronze in the points category and Gold in the team points category.
The 17 year old, who is studying A-levels in English Literature and Philosophy and a BTEC in Public Services, took kickboxing up a year ago after switching from Taekwondo.
She said: “I’d been doing Taekwondo for 10 years and I just wanted a change as I felt like I was taking part in the same competitions. I was a second degree black belt and I’d won World and European titles.
“I wanted a new challenge and decided to move over to kickboxing and I do feel like it has really challenged me.”
Megan attends 360 Kickboxing club at Ripley Leisure Centre three times a week, training for around five hours.
She qualified for the World Championships by winning Gold in the WTKA European Championships which were held in Spring in the UK.
The World Championships took place over six days and Megan fought in the 16-18 age -65kg weight category.
She said: “I was quite astonished to win Gold because I wasn’t really feeling it. I didn’t feel prepared mentally for the competition so when I knew I had won I was so shocked.
“I’m now coaching at my kickboxing club; helping my instructor with teaching classes. I’m taking a break from competing because becoming a qualified coach takes quite a lot. I would like to stay at the club coaching and I may go back to competing in the future.”
Principal Dave Shaw congratulated Megan on her fantastic achievement.
He said: “Megan has obviously worked extremely hard to achieve Gold and what makes it even more incredible is that she only took kickboxing up a year ago. We are very proud and would like to congratulate her and wish her all the very best with her aspirations to become a qualified coach.”