Damien hunts down silver medal

GMax Acadamy student takes second spot in British Open Kickboxing Championships in Birmingham

TWO martial arts students from Royston-based GMax Academy competed at the CIMAC British Open Kickboxing Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.

The tournament was sanctioned by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO), one of the world’s largest martial arts bodies, and is sponsored by Cimac, the martial arts arm of Adidas.

Damien Hunt, 22, competing in the men’s under-74kg division, won his first bout with ease, using a mixture of kicking techniques to keep his opponent at bay, and scoring points with well-timed boxing combinations.

Hunt’s skill won him a place in the final against a far more experienced opponent, but he controlled the centre of the ring for much of the bout, eventually tying for first place. The decision went to the referee who also tied the bout, meaning the fighters had to battle on for an extra 30 second round.

One judge tied the bout yet again, with the other judge giving an extra point to Hunt’s opponent meaning the Royston man eventually had to settle for the silver medal. The referee and judges commended both fighters on an outstanding final.

When asked how he felt about winning his first medal, Hunt replied: “I enjoy training with a great group of athletes and a trainer who has time for us all. Having a great coach and great group of training partners has given me the confidence and ability to win a medal.

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“I’m really proud to represent GMax and will strive to achieve more in the sport.”

Meanwhile, Billy Gwyther, 15, was unable to add to the silver medal he won in last month’s Cimac Supeleague Tournament in Windsor. After a slow start, his opponent, who eventually went on to win first place, won 2-1 on the judge’s decision.

GMax head coach, Glen Stanway, said: “I’m really pleased for Damien. I knew he had potential, but to see him have such success so early in his training is a credit to the hard work he’s put in.

“That is two silvers for the club in two competitions, so I’m hoping we can add to that in the coming months, and bring home more medals, as both fighters progress.”

GMax teaches Kung Fu and Kickboxing classes in Royston, for children and adults. For further details, please visit the website gmax.me.uk or call Glen on 07563 755 199.