FRANKIE Jones has been kickboxing for only six months - but she defeated a black belt on her way to two gold medals.
The 12-year-old blue belt from Great Sutton attends the Brian Nelson Kickboxing School at Cheshire Oaks High School.
Since she started earlier this year, she has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in competition. But at the British Kickboxing Championships in Birmingham, Whitby High pupil Frankie really showed what she had.
In the under 4ft 6ins category, she fought a continuous match against a black belt which was awarded in her favour and she won again later the same day in a points bout.
Mum Gayle said: 'She was absolutely shattered afterwards!
'Frankie fought her heart out and for her to win against a black belt in that kind of fight is brilliant. Adrenaline mainly got her through the second fight because it was a long day and the fights were tough, but she slept like a log in the car on the way home.' Gayle added: 'What she has done is a wonderful achievement. She has really taken naturally to the sport and that was proved when she defeated an experienced black belt.
'She now has five medals in total from six months of training and competing, having never done anything like this before.'
Frankie's next major competition will be the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation's (WA KO) British Championships in Nottingham on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday 18.
If she wins there, she will qualify to fight overseas.
'Right now she is recovering after her win,' said Gayle. 'But she is looking forward to the champion-ships next year.
'She really wants to fight abroad. She is proud of Ellesmere Port and the region and wants to represent the area on a bigger stage.'