MARTIAL ARTS: ELLESMERE Port has its own international champion after kickboxer Feld Barlow captured the Cimac World Cup in Maidenhead on Sunday.
The pint-sized ace from Great Sutton struck gold in the light contact section and was also runner-up in the semi-contact division.
Feld, 12, who is a pupil at Sutton High School, was in fine form throughout the finals and had to come through a gruelling 12 contests in total.
His dad Gary said: 'There was a really large international field taking part with competitors from across Europe, including France, Germany, Italy and Austria, and there were even entrants from as far afield as India and Sri Lanka.
'Feld was excellent and worked really hard in both his categories.
'He came close to securing a double World Cup win but he was just edged out in the semi-contact after reaching two finals.
'The win in the light contact, however, sets him up really well for the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, later this year.
'We went to the World Championships two years ago and Feld was runner-up, so he wants to go one better this time.'
Instructor Brian Nelson said: 'It's a magnificent achievement for Feld and he continues to show that he's the number one fighter in his section wherever he competes.
'He called me as soon as he had won and was really delighted with this special victory. In terms of both talent and commitment, he's as good as any young student I've ever worked with.
'Personally, I think his exploits should be made known to a greater audience and I'd love to get him on television sometime. He's a great example to the other youngsters at the club and, potential-wise, the sky's the limit as long as he continues to stay focused and puts the effort in.'
Feld trains at the Lau Gar School at Stanney Oaks gym, Stanney High School, and the club will be taking part in several more competitions this year, including a trip to the Scottish Open.
Lau Gar's training in Ellesmere Port takes place on Saturdays at 5pm and for more details, contact Brian Nelson on 01782 641 439.