Major Kung Fu title successes for talented Friskney youngster

Kelly Gelder, Jack Etches and Declan Etches with their prizes at the Corby competition.
Kelly Gelder, Jack Etches and Declan Etches with their prizes at the Corby competition.
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AN ENERGETIC youngster from Friskney has managed to gain several sporting titles in Kung Fu, despite originally only attending classes to support her sister.

Kelly Gelder, who is just 12, came first in the BCKA National Lau Gar Kung Fu Championships in the 15 and under category in Corby, Northampton in May. She also won a silver medal at the WKC (world kick boxing and karate council) open Championships in the Kung Fu sets for 17 years and under in Manchester on June 17.

The Skegness Grammar School student, is coached by Paul Reed, a sixth degree black sash, and she trains at Hallway to Dance in Grosvenor Road on Sundays, Louth on Tuesdays and sometimes at Horncastle on Mondays and Fridays

“She is a talented martial artist and we are very proud of her. She originally started going to classes to support her younger sister Grace to help with her confidence but Kelly has done so well and won a number of titles,” said Michelle, Kelly’s mother.

The talented student also enjoys playing the drums and takes lessons at school. She also plays the piano with April’s Piano Academy.

“My daughter Grace who also attends Paul Reed’s school has recently attained a blue belt in kickboxing and we’re very proud of her,” added Michelle.

And some of Kelly’s martial art’s school friends have also done very well, says Michelle, who believes they are worthy of praise too.

They include Jack Etches, 13, from Anderby Creek who came a close second in the 16 and under light continuous kickboxing and third in the 16 and under point fighting at the same venue on the May 19.

“Jack won a silver medal in the points fighting at the WKC in Manchester and he is also very talented,” explained Michelle.

“He works and trains very hard. He has won many titles and is in the BCKA England Squad, said Michelle.

“Jack has also qualified for the world championships in Canada this year.

“He is also trained by Paul Reed who is also fifth degree black belt in kickboxing.”

Declan Etches, seven, also from Anderby Creek won first prize in the under 12s in the light continuous kick boxing at the same venue and is also very talented said Michelle.

“He also won a silver medal in the points fighting at the WKC in Manchester and has won many titles. He is also in the BCKA England Squad,” added Michelle.