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Gravesend teenager wins sixth gold title in kickboxing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 May 2018

Phoebe has been kickboxing since she was 6, and hopes to join the Olympic boxing team. Picture: Leigh Haworth.

Phoebe has been kickboxing since she was 6, and hopes to join the Olympic boxing team. Picture: Leigh Haworth.

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Gravesend teenager Phoebe Cuniskey has just won her sixth gold title in kickboxing after competing against a 17-year-old from Ireland.

Phoebe, 15, has been involved in the sport since she was six years old, after her dad encouraged her to take it up for fitness and self-defence reasons.

Since then, Phoebe has fallen in love with the sport, competing around the world and earning titles.

She has dedicated most of her free time to training at Star Kickboxing in Queen’s Farm Road, Shrone.

The club is run by father and son duo Paul and Leigh Haworth, who certainly believe the teenager has what it takes to go all the way.

Senior coach Leigh said: “Phoebe is a great student who trains hard with the adult class.

“She has been with us since she was six years old and has earned her blackbelt.

“She always puts in 100pc into her training and has already started teaching with us.”

Having never turned down a fight, even when weight and age have been against her, Phoebe’s passion for the sport is clear, and she enjoys everything that comes with competing.

She said: “I have been able to travel to so many different countries kick-boxing - my favourite was Italy.

“I got my first title when I was about 8 - I just really enjoy competing in the sport.”

Phoebe has been in touch with fellow Gravesend resident and boxer Chev Clarke, who has competed for both Jamaica and England in the Commonwealth Games.

She now has her sights set on training in England boxing as an aspiring Olympian.

She added: “I would encourage others to get try the sport - it has really built my confidence.

“Before I started kick-boxing I was quite shy and didn’t tend to try things but it has really brought me out of my shell.

“I just think people should go for it - it is also a great way to make new friends, travel and meet people.”

The Gravesend club now has 15 world titles as well as several others.

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