More medal success on world stage for Jan Ling kickboxers

Members of Jan Ling Freestyle Kung Fu & Kickboxing Club who enjoyed success in Spain and Portugal.
Members of Jan Ling Freestyle Kung Fu & Kickboxing Club who enjoyed success in Spain and Portugal.

Members of Jan Ling Freestyle Kung Fu & Kickboxing Club have returned from Portugal and Spain with more silverware for the club.

In Portugal, at the WKC World Championships, Ernie Johnston (46, Ballymena) returned with 2 WKC World titles to add to his recent WMO World title.

He won gold in the mens veterans + 35yr points fighting category & also won gold as part of the Northern Ireland mens veteran team, he also picked up a silver medal when he lost out in the final of the mens vets + 42yr final by 1pt (20-19).

Father and son Darren Donnell (35) and Curtis Donnell (13), from Ballymena, also returned as WKC World Champions.

Curtis won gold in the boys u14 points fighting team event.

He also won silver in the boys u14 points fighting & bronze in the boys u14 light contact divisions.

Darren won gold as part of the Northern Ireland mens point fighting team.

A busy few days for the ballymena kickboxer saw him win 5 medals in total.

He also won silver in the mens vets + 35yr points fighting & 3 Bronze medals in Mens + 90kg points fighting, mens + 90kg light contact & mens vets + 35yr light contact divisions.

Lisa Millar (29, Cullybackey) won silver in the ladies - 70kg points fighting divsion adding to her 2 previous WMO World silver medals, an impressive haul for her first year at world level.

Adrian McConnell (16, Ballymena) with less than 1 years training at the club returned from Portugal with a bronze medal in the boys - 17yr light contact division. A remarkable achievement for such an inexperienced competitor.

Wrapping up the haul of medals was Ryan Sharp (14, Ballymena) who travelled to Albir, Spain, to the WKU World Championships and won silver in the boys - 16yr points fighting division.

Jan Ling Freestyle Kung Fu & Kickboxing Club have just completed their most successful year at world level.

Coach Ernie Johnston says: “We’re so proud of everyone at the club.

“We competed in 3 world championships and returned with 5 world titles, 9 silver medals & 5 Bronze medals. That’s going to be hard to beat.

“We have a great group of committed up & coming fighters, I’m looking forward to seeing what they can achieve in 2016,” added Ernie.

The club train in Ballymena on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, anyone who might be interested in competing can contact Ernie on 07826528200 for further information.