Port Talbot youngster high kicks his way to success
04 September 2014
A Port Talbot youngster has been selected to represent Great Britain at kickboxing in the World Championships next month after taking up the sport to deter bullies.
Dalton John, age 14, who has high hopes of competing in the Olympics in 2020, will be part of the Team GB Kickboxing squad and will be flying out to Italy on Saturday 6 September to compete.
The youngster initially took up the martial art four years ago after a family friend recommended he do it as a hobby to help him deal with bullying.
But it was quickly apparent that Dalton had a special talent for kickboxing and is now the proud owner of two black belts in ‘Contact Karate’ and ‘Full Contact Kickboxing’, as well as a variety of championship titles.
Dalton said: “I’m really excited to be representing Great Britain in the World Championships and can’t wait to fight in Italy”.
“I’ve been training really hard throughout the summer holidays so hopefully it’ll pay off and we’ll come home with lots of medals and make Wales proud.”
Dalton has competed all over the world since taking up kickboxing, including taking home two gold medals while representing the Welsh National Kickboxing & Karate Team in Florida – and at just fourteen the youngster is teaching the sport to other children in private tutorials to help build their confidence and defend themselves.
Dalton’s father, Frazer John, who works for housing developer Persimmon Homes as a site manager at the Kingsbridge Fields development in Gorseinon, has got the backing of his employer who are sponsoring the trip to Italy.
Frazer said: “I’m so proud of Dalton, he really deserves to be on the team after all the hard work he puts into his training – he really does give it his all and I’m chuffed to bits he’s off to Italy.
“Like many kids these days he’s has been through some tough times with bullies and kickboxing has been an excellent form of exercise as well as self-defence - as soon as he started the sport I saw a change in his confidence almost immediately.”
“I’m extremely grateful to Persimmon for backing Dalton and sponsoring him so he is able to compete in Italy and who knows what the future holds - he could bring home medals from Italy and even the Olympics one day .”