Rickmansworth School’s Ellie Harber has blasted into 2020, winning all five of her fights so far.
The 14-year-old had a busy February, culminating with the IFMA (IFMA – International Federation of Muaythai Amateur) Great Britain Team Trials in Woodside Leisure Centre, where she won the tournament in the Under 16 year Muay Thai category.
The IFMA Youth Trials saw the best Under 18 years Muay Thai fighters from across Great Britain descend on Watford for a day of tough battling to earn their place on the team – the main prize being part of a team that goes to Bangkok to represent their country in the most prestigious Muay Thai event, the World Youth Championships, in September.
This was the juniors’ opportunity to shine at the only World Muay Thai Championships, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Ellie had a tough semi-final against Ava Morrice, from Aberdeen Muay Thai and in the final of the tournament, Ellie proved too strong for the older, Izzy Embuido, who had previously won the category.
The fights consisted of three two-minute rounds, where the competitors used punches, kicks and knees to contend the fight.
Ellie’s win comes on the back of winning two UK WKO (World Kickboxing) British Titles in Muay Thai and K1 in the beginning of February and, a fight against xx on the Kiathompton Fight Show in Brirmmgham.
Ellie said after winning the tournament fight: “Today was a tough day, as I knew I had to be my best to earn a place on the GB team, so I had to train hard but also, stay strong during the day. It’s not always easy, especially when you must compete in two fights in a short space of time, but this is what I love to do. I know I have got more in me, so I look forward to improving in 2020.”