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Kickboxing: STACEY'S ENGLAND MISSION.

Byline: TIM ROBERTS

AFTER six months in a new sport most people would be expected to have just mastered the basics, but not Stacey Larkin.

The 15-year- old from Dingle has already collected a bronze medal at the British Kickboxing Championships and has now been selected to represent England at the World Championships in Basle, Switzerland.

Stacey, a Shorefield Technology College pupil, trains at St Vincent de Paul Primary School and is hoping to join her fellow internationals to train for the September championships.

She said: ``I was a black belt at karate but wanted to change sports so took up kickboxing.

``I beat two girls to win the bronze medal in the 13-18 years category at the British Championships in Manchester and got selected for England as a result.

``I'm really looking forward to the world championships and it will be good to compete against people from around the world.''

Her teacher, Maxine Morgan, added: ``Stacey has done exceptionally well after such a short length of time doing kickboxing.

``The whole school is really proud of her achievements.''

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SWISS MISS: Stacey Larkin shows off her British Championship trophy after finishing third CODE: 032404eb; THAT'STHE STYLE: Stacey Larkin in training for the world championships in Basle later in the year Pictures: EDDIE BARFORD
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2004
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