In just over three weeks’ time, a 16-year-old world champion Muay Thai boxer from Croxley Green will be fighting for a European title in Ireland.
Ellie Harber is currently balancing studying for her GCSE exams at Rickmansworth School with an intensive training schedule with her coach, in preparation for the fight next month.
Discussing her sporting journey, Ellie told MyLocalNews: I’ve been training for 10 years now, I do a sport called Muay Thai and K1.
“I’ve got an upcoming fight on 11th June In Ireland, it will be a tough fight for a European title, I’m looking forward to it.
“I am against an Irish girl, she’s a tough girl, I’ve not come across her yet so it’s going to be the first time but in fight camp I have been running and training with Lyndon my coach, so I am surrounded by the best people I could possibly be.”
Ellie has been training in Mauy Thai for more than 10 years, ever since her parents sent her to a local class when she was six years old to help with her anger issues.
Ellie’s coach, Lyndon Knowles said: “I’ve been training with Ellie for coming up to three years now. It’s been an amazing experience and I can’t wait for the future.
“I am really excited for Ellie’s fight, I couldn’t ask for anything more from Ellie she trains really hard and anything I ask her to do she does. If I ask her to get up and run early, she gets up and runs, she eats the right food when she has to, she is pretty spot on with everything. I couldn’t ask for a better student.”
Once Ellie has finished her exams, the fight for success continues, with more domestic and international competitions in the pipeline.
Lyndon added: “There are always fights around the corner, I tried to get her GCSEs out the way first I didn’t really push too much but it was such a good opportunity, it was worth the risk-reward of taking this fight.
“We were trying to get the GCSEs out the way which is probably a little bit more important at this time, as soon as they’re done, we will crack on and get some more international fights and some big domestic fights going.”