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KICKBOXING: Stacey has whole world at her feet.

Byline: By Roger Clarke

A YEAR ago Stacey Hawkins returned to her Tamworth kickboxing club with European gold.

Now the 13-year-old, from Smiths Wood, Solihull, has gone one better and came back from Malta with two golds and a silver from the world championships.

Proud dad Barry said: "She has been kickboxing now for about six years and she won individual gold in the 155 points category and was second in the continuous category. She also won gold in the team event."

Stacey makes the trip to the Tamworth Kickboxing Academy four times a week for training, fitting in homework around her dedication to the sport.

Barry said: "It is a long way. It is about two-and-a-half hours travelling every time but the club is one of the best places to go around here for kickboxing and now she is a world champion."

Stacey added: "I don't mind all the training - it's fun. I used to train five times a week but now I do trampo-lining as well twice a week.

"Obviously I don't get that much time to see my friends because of training, but I see them at school anyway.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they bring kickboxing into the Olympics. That would really be something to aim for."

Barry revealed that Stacey wouldn't have been able to take part in Malta if it hadn't been for the generosity of his friends.

He said that pals Rodney Pegg plus brothers Tommy and Dean Barrett had each forked out pounds 200 so Stacey could take part.

"It probably cost between pounds 800 to pounds 900 for Stacey to compete which we had to raise ourselves," he said.

"It wouldn't have happened without my mates chipping in."


GOLDEN GIRL... Stacey Hawkins with her world championship trophies. Picture: Alan Williams
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 28, 2006
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