A TALENTED young kickboxer from Helsby has won his first gold medal, despite fighting against children twice his age.
Six-year-old Sam Humphries fought off tough competition at the Northern Championships in Stoke, where he competed in the under 12s category last mon th.
Sam, who has been training for two years at the Martial Arts School of Master Matt Fiddes in Frodsham, came in first place, beating the 30 other children in his category and was handed the award by Matt himself.
Training twice a week with his instructor Paul Bassett, the Horns Mill Primary School pupil is very ambitious.
“He has a natural flare and his instructor believes he could even have his black belt by the time he is eight,” said Suzanne Humphries, Sam’s mother.
Sam originally showed promise when he was entered in the British Championships last October, coming third in the Mighty Mattes.
Kickboxing for Sam is a family affair, with both his parents and sister Taylor Jane, 10, sharing his passion and training with him each week.
“We received a leaflet through the post advertising kick boxing classes and sam fancied going along. We enjoyed it so much that now the whole family trains, it's nice because we get lots of family time,” said Suzanne.