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Getting a kick from golden days.

Byline: by MARK JONES

STAR pupils from the Liverpool Kickboxing Association fought off stiff competition to return from a recent international championships with a host of medals.

The Fazakerley-based club represented England at the tournament in Florida, and came back with 10 gold medals, one silver and five bronze, capping an astonishing year for a club that continues to flourish.

"It's fantastic," said Carol O'Brien, a member of the club.

"I used to say that this was one of the best sports clubs in the north west, but now I know it is the best in the country."

Nine-year-old Josh Grosz was the youngest winner, claiming two golds, while Scott Rankin, 12, and 13-year-old Thomas Wilson repeated that success.

Sarah Rostron, 14, also claimed a gold, as did 15-year-old Richard Lunt, who also won a bronze, while Lauren Wilson, 17, claimed a silver.

At the heart of the success is coach Ian Hollett, a former European and world champion and himself a double gold and bronze winner in Florida.

"Ian's been brilliant," said Carol.

"He's taught the kids so much, not just about kickboxing but about self-defence and self-confidence.

"It is a real family club, and it's great to see all the hard work and effort that's been put in is paying off. Everyone associated with the club is so proud of the kids."

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TOP NOTCH: Liverpool club coach Ian Hollett (24), with medal winners Josh Grosz (9), Sarah Rostron (14), Scott Rankin (12), Lauren Wilson (17), Thomas Wilson (13), Richard Lunt (15) and Andrew Melvin (23) code: jr261108kickboxing-1.jpg
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2008
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