A teenager is continuing to get a kick out of her sport after securing a place in a world championships.
Leah Cuthbert has been training in kickboxing for six years, training at the Emulous club in West Sleekburn under the watchful eye of coach Kenn Forrest.
The 16-year-old has been competing for the last four years, winning the South Tyneside championships and Revolution North East championships for the last two years as well as being Revolution Yorkshire champion and picking up a gold and silver medal in the Scottish championships in 2012.
Leah said: “I started competing in major competitions in 2011, my first being the WKC English Nationals where I won a silver and bronze medal.
“In both 2012 and 2013 I went back to the WKC English Nationals and won gold. Because I qualified within the top three in 2012, I qualified for the world championships in Canada. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding I was unable to attend.”
Leah took part in the WKC World Championships in Italy last October where she won a bronze medal and was also part of the cadet girls team which claimed gold.
She said: “Being in Italy at the world championships was the best experience of my life and the most amazing week of my life.”
Last month, Leah travelled to Manchester to compete in the WKC 2014 national championships and world qualifiers, winning three and a silver to qualify for the world championships in Portugal in November.
Leah added: “I would like to thank the following businessmen for sponsoring me – Les Webster, of MKM Building Supplies; Darren Shell, of Maxbox developments; Terry Hammond, of Ballkwell Build; Steven Hardy, of Steven Hardy Joinery; and Keith Taylor and Gavin Wall of RepBuild.”