Martial Arts
Chantelle fights her way back to the top

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 18/10 17:10

FRANKLEY Community School pupil Chantelle Kavanagh has completed a remarkable journey in her life by being crowned a kickboxing world champion at the WOMAA Martial Games in Telford.

The 17-year-old has fought against all the odds after suffering a serious assault at her previous secondary school two years ago to find herself on top of the world.

When attacked as a 15-year-old, Chantelle was left scared and feeling vulnerable and as a result her family decided they should gain the knowledge of how to defend themselves.

That is how they come to discover the Antonio Santorelli Black Belt Academy and from then on they have never looked back.

Speaking of her instructor, Antonio Santorelli, Chantelle said: “He has helped me in so many ways and I will always be grateful for that.”

Her success has not come without hard work though as she has trained three hours per day when finishing school whilst also dedicating herself to the sport at weekends.

“It is hard knowing that your friends are going out and you really want to join them, however I keep saying no, due to wanting to be the best I can, which good friends understand.” Chantelle said.

As well as concentrating on her own training schedule, Chantelle has started to train others, passing on the various skills she has acquired.

Frankley Community School has sponsored Chantelle in her World Championship efforts and given some money towards travel and accommodation, with her next event being in Paris next month.

Jenny Quinn, Head of Physical Education, said: “Chantelle is one of our leading sports leaders. She possesses much patience and is extremely thorough in her knowledge of the techniques involved in kickboxing.

“She currently runs a kickboxing club for Key Stage 3 students. She applies herself superbly well in her BTEC Sport lessons and we are delighted and proud to have her here at Frankley.”

Chantelle, who is extremely grateful for the support she has given been her family, instructor and high school, concluded by saying: “Kickboxing is about the taking part and learning to lose before you can win. You need to constantly strive to improve yourself.”

If you are interested in sponsoring Chantelle as she continues her journey, you can contact her on twitter @pansy_punch.

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