A TEENAGER who suffered serious head injuries less than three years ago has been selected to fight for England.
Keal Dimmock, 14, will represent his country in the World Kickboxing Council’s World Championship in Montreal, Canada, in October.
Keal, of Havercroft Rise, South Hiendley, had to be airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital after suffering serious head injuries when he fell off a youth shelter in June 2009.
He started training with the Strike Kickboxing Academy, Kinsley, around 18 months ago after getting the all-clear from doctors.
The Crofton High School student has since progressed to senior level and was selected for England after gaining a silver medal in the National Championships in Manchester in February.
Mum Michelle Firth said: “Nearly three years ago we thought we were going to lose him - now Keal is fighting for England. It is amazing.
“Mark - Keal’s stepdad - started taking him to kickboxing after he got the 12-month all clear. Now he is getting ready for the world championships. He is really excited, as is Mark, who will be going with him. I am extremely proud of how far he has come and a lot of it is thanks to his stepdad and coach Ian Womersley and everyone at the academy. They are a great support.”
Keal will be joined in Canada by six other fighters from the Strike academy, which is based at the Kinsley Hotel, Wakefield Road.
The club now needs to raise around £1,200 per fighter to cover flights and accommodation costs. A number of fundraising activities, such as bag packs and tombolas, have already been organised but Mrs Firth is hoping local residents or businesses will step forward to help.
She said: “We need to raise quite a lot of money to make sure the trip goes ahead. It would be great if the community could get behind the club and donate.”
To sponsor Keal or to donate to the club’s trip, call Leanne Mansell on 07826 177603.