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Champion Abbie aiming for world success

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Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 10.32.08CURRENT Welsh champion Abbie Edwards is a thriving kickboxer from the successful Slicks Martial Arts stable who has ambitions to become both a British and International champion by the end of 2016. 

At Slicks Martial Arts, she is coached by instructors Steven Grant and Scott Keane, with extra help from Assistant Coach Hannah Humphries and is currently a blue belt, having successfully gained red, orange, yellow and green belts in the combat sport.

She is presently in training for her purple belt and, as a result, is learning a complex new sequence of moves known as a Kata.

In her young career, she has earned five first place Welsh Titles and one Welsh Championship Belt, which is special as she gets to hold onto it. She has also earned four second places and one third as well as countless individual awards from her club Slicks Martial Arts.

The determined youngster is a committed athlete, training a minimum of four days a week and, in order to stay in peak physical condition and make the weight for her category, she refrains from eating any chocolate, sweets, crisps and drinking any fizzy drinks.

She currently competes in points fighting but would like to make the move to continuous fighting in the future, with the major aim of becoming British and World title holder when she competes in bouts in Ireland and Germany later in the year.

She says the sport has not only led her to success in the ring, but has also increased her self-esteem, confidence and flexibility.

She attributes her success to her mother, Beverley, and grandfather, Richard Edwards, as well as her three instructors who help to push her the extra mile. In the future, Abbie not only wants to be known in Wales, but across numerous countries for her kickboxing achievements.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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