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Lichfield schoolboy packs a punch to land kickboxing title

A Lichfield schoolboy is celebrating after landing a kickboxing world champion.

Liam Spain with some of his trophies

Liam Spain with some of his trophies

Liam Spain, a 12-year old pupil at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, won the Under-16 crown just months after joining the World Martial Kombat Federation (WMKF) England squad.

After defeating opponents – some up to four years older than him – to win the technical points category in the WMKF World Championships in Sicily, Liam was drafted in to compete in the continuous fighting tournament at the very last minute and surprised himself with a second place podium finish.

Following his initial successes, the youngster was selected by WMKF England for the team event, where, along with three fellow compatriots, he faced intense international competition before making it a trio of medals, this time taking third place.

Tony Anderton, Liam’s trainer at Rugeley Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, said: “I am so proud of Liam and my other two students who made it into the England team this year.

“Their achievements reflect the hard work that was put in during the months prior to the World Championships and I believe our newly opened base helped the team to secure such fantastic results.”

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, added: “Both students and staff at Maple Hayes are immensely proud of Liam’s achievements over in Sicily.

“He is a credit to the school and his dedication and attention to training is certainly replicated in the classroom.

“We’re confident he has a bright sporting career ahead of him and wish him every future success.”

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