Ballymena Jan Ling Freestyle Kung Fu and Kickboxing Club travel to Portugal this week to take part in the world championships and coach, Trevor Johnston, has high hopes of success.
The club already boast a number of world champions including 13-year-old Ryan Sharpe, and thirty-year-old Darren Donnell.
Ryan is an outstanding competitor and his successes include WKKC, WKU, Kwon Open, Combat Athletes Open and several Semi-Tec. The club have been highly impressed by Ryan’s intensive training and attitude which they feel will enable him to stay at the top of his game.
In addition, nine-year-old Josie Carson came second in the world in Italy in WKC Kickboxing world Championship competition
The club held a fund-raising night at The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy, at the weekend where members were able to relax before competing for the 48-man Northern Ireland team at Albefuira, Portugal starting next Sunday.
Coach Trevor Johnston has praised the commitment of his squad who, he believes, will rise to the occasion in Portugal and bring back success to Ballymena.
Some forty-eight exponents of the art will be competing in Portugal.