A TEENAGE kickboxer from the North-East is celebrating after winning a major title.

Fifteen-year-old Emily Kingshott, from Consett, County Durham, won the ISKA English Title in Birmingham last weekend.

She fought Grace Partridge, who is from Birmingham, over five rounds and won by a majority decision.

The young fighter has been a student at North East Kickboxing Academy in Burnopfield for over four years.

Miss Kingshott’s trainer, former professional world kickboxing champion, Wes Fagan, from Dipton, said he was not surprised she had won.

He said: “Emily’s win on Saturday is all down to her hard work and dedication.

“She really had to graft for it, but she never cuts corners, she’s always in the gym and at the club.

“She is out running in the mornings and at the club on the night. She even does her school homework at the club before training.

“She had sacrificed so much and she has had to really push to make weight come down from 64kg to 53.5kg over a six week period, but she did it the correct way, by eating clean and training like a champion.”

Miss Kingshott is now focusing her attention on training for the British Title next.

Mr Fagan said: “She is idolised in the club by all of the youngsters and is a joy to train. The sky is the limit.”