Not yet included as an Olympic event, kickboxing receives no Lottery or Government funding and for somebody who uses the sport purely as a hobby the costs of club membership and training equipment amounts to over £1,000 per annum. At the competitive level the cost increases considerably with tournament entry fees, travel, additional fighting equipment and on some occasions, accommodation.
As a result, Morson now sponsor brothers Liam Timmins and Calum Timmins, aged fourteen and twelve. The brothers are pupils at Westfield Academy in Yeovil and have been kickboxing since the age of 5. They are both members of Infinity Martial Arts Yeovil where they train three times a week under the guidance of Joe Hallett. Liam Timmins has reached the coveted ‘black belt’ grade while Calum is currently a ‘brown belt’ working towards his black belt.
The sponsorship provided by Morson Group to date has greatly assisted in funding them to compete in Birmingham, and Bristol during October, Torfaen and Birmingham during November and the final tournament of the year in Worcester on 10th December. The return to date is two 1st, four 2nd and three 3rd places. These tournaments have included two national championships and the Bristol Open which is recognised as one of the premier events on the European calendar.
The prime aim for both boys this year was to gain selection for the England team to compete in the 2018 World Championships which were held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 11th to 15th September next year. In order to achieve this they trained hard and competed in several tournaments, notably the World Union of Martial Arts (WUMA) British Open Championships in Worcester where Liam Timmins won two golds and one bronze medal with Calum also winning gold plus once again the Irish Open where they fought well against opponents from Germany, Italy, Ireland and the UK with Calum only missing out on a podium place by one bout.
The first half of 2018 will see the boys attending several England training sessions and entering a selected number of tournaments starting in January at the Watford Open Nationals. The timetable is set to see them peak in September at the World Championships where, hopefully they will gain more success.
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