THREE talented martial artists have said “arriverderci” to East Durham as they bid for a world title.
Bradley Foster, nine, Ethan Barnett, eight, and 16-year-old Leigh Newton, all members of Thornley-based Muay Thai Boxing club, The Lampang Camp, were set to due to take part in the Unified World Championships of the World Karate Association (WKA), in Tuscany, Italy, from today until Sunday.
The trio all achieved the winning title within their individual sections of the British Championships in Birmingham in May.
Kris Richardson, East Durham Trust’s community development manager for Thornley, is supporting the group’s efforts by donating £100 to help with expensive travel, accommodation and clothing costs.
The Lampang Camp has also raised funds to support the trip with various fundraising efforts including charity nights and local business sponsorships.
Stuart Lowther, the club’s boxing coach, said: “This is an experience of a lifetime for the young people involved and all of the club members are extremely proud of their achievement. They will be contending against other fighters from all over the globe, and it’s extraordinary to see not just one but three kids from a small local club involved.”
The club was set up more than 18 years ago and is based at Thornley Workingmen’s Club, training on Wednesdays and new members are always welcome, with beginners’ classes running from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
East Durham Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “We’re all certain they’ll do the North East proud.”