WAKO Junior World Kickboxing Championships in Rimini, Italy

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Back row, from left: Sean Veria, Aston Cook, Ben Davies, Harvey Western, Lauren Howie and Sharon Gill. Front row, from left: Cory Cook, Izzy Whitmore, Kameron Doyle,Olivia Davies, Ishana Moores and Rio Williams

TEN-year-old Rio Williams and his nine team-mates are preparing to represent Great Britain at the WAKO junior World Kickboxing Championships this week in Rimini, Italy.

Rio, from Bristol, is the youngest member of the team and his team-mates, Aston Cook, Cory Cook, Harvey Western, Lauren Howie, Ishana Moores, Kameron Doyle, Olivia Davies, Ben Davies and Izzy Whitmore all aged between ten and 18 flew to Italy at the weekend, to compete throughout the week.

All fighters represent Team Bristol and have been led by coaches and well-known fighters, Sharon Gill and Sean Veira over the years to help them be selected for the GB squad.

They have been training hard almost every day for the last 12 weeks and taking them to national and international tournaments throughout the year in order to gain valuable experience and confidence.

Although being the first time for all these juniors to compete in a world-class tournament they are all going out with positive attitudes and the will to win, and we are sure there will be many medals won, happy faces and proud parents and coaches from Bristol.

Rio’s mother, Natalie, said: “This has been a major achievement by all the coaches and youngsters involved and it shows just how hard work and dedication can pay off. It is great that they have been chosen to represent Great Britain out in Italy.”

Back row, from left: Sean Veria, Aston Cook, Ben Davies, Harvey Western, Lauren Howie and Sharon Gill. Front row, from left: Cory Cook, Izzy Whitmore, Kameron Doyle,Olivia Davies, Ishana Moores and Rio Williams

Story from Bristol Post.