Lions Watford Fighter, Ellie Harber aged 13, won a European K1 (kicking, knees and punching) Title at the Amateur Kings Show in Luton, on Saturday, July 13.
This follows a great year where she has won two world titles, along with several others. The fight was against a tough Dutch opponent, Charity Raaijmakers, from GM Gym, Holland.
The Amateur Kings K1 European title, under 47kg, was contested over five tough, 1½ minute rounds. Each fighter traded kicks, punches and knees and Ellie managed to take a win in each of the five rounds; gaining a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecard.
The road to the win was difficult for Ellie; with her gaining an injury, sprained ankle ligaments, in the previous months leading up to the fight and, ensuring she made weight.
This involved intensive cardiovascular work, i.e. jogging and skipping to ensure she made the 47kg weight, especially in the week leading up to the fight.
Ellie’s Title win shortly followed winning on the June 24 the award for Exceptional Performer in Key Stage 3 to 5 at “The Three River School Partnership Awards” in Rickmansworth. This was for the past 12 months achievements:
• WKO World Champion in K1 at under 46kg (September 2018)
• WKU Midlands Open Champion in K1 at under 42kg (September 2018)
• IKF British Title in K1 at under 44kg (October 2018)
• 2019 English Muay Thai Open Title under 47kg (February 2019)
• 2018 My Local News, Young Sportsperson of the year (March 2019)
• 2019 AFSO British Title Muay Thai under 47kg (April 2019)
Ellie said: “I really enjoy what I do, and this is important, as a win only comes following a lot of hard work, not always fun! and the great support I have.
“My family, especially my Dad, who is my Corner man, my Coach Colin Lewis, my Sponsors, King Tape, Madigan Gill and Aurient Investments and my school, Rickmansworth School, enable me to do what I do. I am so lucky.”
Colin Lewis said: “I am really pleased that Ellie won the title. She fought like a Lion. She has been working hard for this, and it has meant she has to miss out some of the normal activities that a teenager does, such a sports day, but this makes her hungry to win more titles.”