Thursday 18 October 2018

Ballinaboola boy scoops medals in world finals

JS Graham scooped two bronze medals.
JS Graham scooped two bronze medals.

Esther Hayden

Fourteen-year-old JS Graham scooped two bronze medals at the World Kickboxing Championships at the end of October.

JS from Ballinaboola took part in the championships in Portugal over the October Bank Holiday weekend competing in the light contact and point fighting categories.

This was his first time taking part in the world championships and he featured on the medals table in both his classes which was no mean feat.

JS secured his place in the world championships through an accumulation of points in various competitions throughout the year.

A second year student at Colaiste Abban JS trains with Anonymous Kickboxing in New Ross having started off with its predecessor Celtic Dragons.

His interest in the sport was piqued when he was just six years old and he received a leaflet for Celtic Dragons in school.

Retuning home he told mum Maryka he would like to try the sport and was immediately hooked.

The oldest child of Maryka and Jason JS has three siblings, brothers Hanry and Juan and sister Joryka.

Maryka said JS was delighted with his performance at the championships and said that he has been told he will automatically qualify for next year's world championships as a result.

However she said he will also be competing in national competitions throughout the year.

Maryka said that the Graham family is very proud of how well he did in the competition as are his coaches.

New Ross Standard