East Durham College sport student Leigh Newton

Student Wins Thai Boxing World Championship’s Silver

A talented East Durham College student has won a silver medal at the World Kickboxing and Karate Union’s World Championship 2015.

Leigh Newton, 17, from Wheatley Hill, competed at the WKU World Championships held in Benidorm, Spain, last month, where over 30 federations from around the world took part.

Following qualification for Team England, through a national competition in Birmingham earlier this year, Leigh, joined up with other members of the team to represent England at the finals.

Leigh, who studies on a level 3 sports studies course at East Durham College in Peterlee, competing in the 55kg Thai Boxing category fought through three tough rounds to make the final where she narrowly lost out to Canadian opponent, Emily Vallance.

The teenager, who only took up the sport three years ago and was the reigning world champion, was disappointed with her performance in the final despite giving away 7kg to her larger opponent; but she was still proud to have won a medal for her country.

Leigh said: “I was disappointed with my performance in the final. It was just one of those days when you’re not quite at the top of your game. I feel I should have got the better of my opponent but just didn’t perform to my full potential.

“Of course it was great being part of the England team again and going to Spain to compete on behalf of my country. And picking up a medal is still a very proud moment for me.

“I’ll keep working hard and hopefully bounce back next year.

“I’d like to thank my coaches at the Lampang Camp, Thornley, and David Binns the boxing coach here at the College for all the time they have spent training me and improving not only my technique but also my strength and conditioning.”

For more information on sport courses or the boxing academy at East Durham College contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.