A kickboxer from Croxley Green is preparing for her biggest year yet as she eyes up more world titles.
Ellie Harber, 13, had a successful 2018 picking up two world titles at the ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) and WKO (World Kickboxing Association) World Championships representing Team England and a British Title at the WKU (World Kickboxing and Karate Union) World Championships.
She was also honoured with two awards. The first was for Fight of the Year by the UK Independent K1 Awards for her European Superbout match against Dutch number one Giselle Worth and for the second, she was ranked second by the same body for Female Fighter of the Year.
K1 is a type of kickboxing which combines stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Savate, Sanshou, kickboxing and traditional boxing.
Ellie, who trains at the Lions Watford Gym in Watford Business Park, is currently preparing for her upcoming tournaments at the WKO English Open Championships, ISKA Amateur Members Association World Championships and Team GB trails next month in Glasgow.
She will be looking to retain her ISKA title in Cork in the autumn and will compete against fighters from across the country in an effort to win a place in Team GB at the United Kingdom Muaythai Federation (UKMF).
To round off her successes, Ellie has been nominated for Young Sporting Achievement of the Year at the mylocalhero awards. Nominated by Emma Isichei, she highlighted her achievements over the last 12 months as well as her ambition to compete at the Olympics 202 or 2024.
Dad, Steve Harber, told MyCroxleyNews he is looking forward to Ellie’s year ahead.
He said: “It’s very nerving with you daughter competing in a combat sport but as long as she enjoys it then I’m happy. I’m really excited for her year ahead.
“I’m excited for her and her friends talk about hair, makeup and playing Fortnight when she’s off around the world competing.”
Find out how Ellie gets on in next month’s issue.