Solihull schoolgirl crowned a British kickboxing champion
A Solihull schoolgirl is celebrating after becoming a British kickboxing champion.
Aimee O’Malley, aged 11, took the title at the World Association of Kickboxing (WACO) British Championship in the ‘minus 37 kilos continuous kickboxing’ category in Kings Heath.
Aimee’s achievement is all the more remarkable as she only took up the sport two years ago.
And the Solihull Junior School pupil is no stranger to success. Four months ago she won the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) English National Championships.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Aimee, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, now has her sights set on the Top Ten British Championship in May taking place at Birmingham’s NIA.
A top three placing at that event will see her land a place in the World Championship, which takes place in Edinburgh in November.
In the meantime Aimee also hopes to get her black belt in the martial art in July.
Speaking about her recent achievement, Aimee said: “I was absolutely thrilled with my win.
“I’ve been training really hard three days a week for this and it’s so exciting to have won.”
Aimee’s mum Sian added: “Aimee took up kickboxing when she was eight after being inspired by a former military man who taught her the importance of being super fit and healthy in both mind and body.
“She loves her sport and is also keen on hockey, netball, running and climbing.”
Mark Penney, head of Solihull School Junior School, also praised Aimee’s endeavours.
He said: “We are immensely proud of Aimee’s achievement.
“She’s a tremendous young athlete and has worked extremely hard for her success, setting a fine example to others.
“Solihull School is well known for its sporting prowess and Aimee’s amazing achievement has greatly enhanced that reputation.”