ECKA Kingsthorpe kickboxing student named Young Sportsman of the Year
Joe Watkins, 16, who is a ECKA Kingsthorpe student, beat off tough competition to take the title at the recent Daventry District Sports Awards.
In the Daventry District Council awards brochure it said: “Joe has been training in the art of karate since early 2007. 2014 has been a particularly rewarding and exciting year for Joe.
“At the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) British Championships in February 2014 Joe achieved 3rd place. That result led to him being invited to train with the WAKO GB squad. Thanks to his family, and through sponsorship, Joe was able to represent GB at the WAKO World Championships in September 2014.”
Joe was sponsored by local company, Euro Scaffolding, for his trip to Rimini in Italy at the Junior & Cadet World Championships. He has also received support from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Joe attributes his success to date to Michael and Tony Adams from ECKA Kingsthorpe who have trained him over the past seven years.
Tony said: “Every single one of us at the club is delighted that Joe’s achievements have been acknowledged by this award and by his selections onto the WAKO GB team.”
“Joe has trained hard for many years and is now reaping the rewards. He has accomplished many achievements and, we are sure that with continued hard work and commitment, he will go on to greater success on the international circuit.”
“The younger students at the club aspire to Joe’s success and look up to him as a young mentor at the club. We are very proud of Joe and hope that his will inspire other students to join us here at ECKA Kingsthorpe.”
To improve his fitness, performance and experience at a national and international level, Joe is now pushing forward with an intense training programme in Stoke on Trent twice a week as part of the WAKO youth development programme, as well as attending conditioning and sparring training at Pro Martial Arts in Kings Heath every other week and training on his fitness at Image Gym in Brackmills.
Joe will also continue to train at ECKA Kingsthorpe on Fridays and every other Saturday and to mentor the younger students, attending competitions with their fighting team.