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Evolution GB Kickboxers win European Champion Title plus 2x Silver and 1x Bronze at European Champio

On the week of Sunday 3rd September to Sunday 10th September three young Kickboxing Athletes from Evolution Martial Arts in Boston, Lincolnshire represented Team Great Britain at the WAKO Junior and Cadet European Kickboxing Championships 2017 in Skopje, Macedonia. Nesta Baxter, 17 years old became WAKO Junior European Champion 2017 as well as achieving a Silver and a Bronze. Chelsea Leggatt also 17 years old achieved a Silver. All fantastic achievements for the fighters and Evolution Martial Arts.

Nesta Baxter WAKO Kickboxing Junior European Champion 2017

Chelsea Leggatt WAKO Kickboxing Junior European Silver Medalist 2017

This year's WAKO Junior and Cadet European Kickboxing Championships was held in Skopje, Macedonia. Skopje held host to 37 European countries with over 1500 competitors fighting for the ultimate title of European Champion in their respective categories. Representing Evolution Martial Arts as part of Team GB was Nesta Baxter, 17, Chelsea Leggatt, 17 and Talon Chambers, 11. The three young Bostonian Kickboxing Athletes have trained hard all year round and endured a tough training camp ahead of the championships.

Talon Chambers, Nesta Baxter and Chelsea Leggatt at the WAKO Kickboxing Junior European Championships 2017 in Skopje.

On Sunday 3rd September Nesta, Chelsea and Talon along with Evolution Martial Arts Coaches Linda Baxter and Nigel Baxter travelled with the Great Britain Team to Macedonia. Upon arrival the fighters had their medical check and weigh in which ran smoothly.

Travelling to Macedonia with Team GB

Left to right Nigel Baxter, Chelsea Leggatt, Nesta Baxter, Talon Chambers and Coach Linda Baxter.

On the Monday the three Evolution Martal Arts representatives had a light training session with WAKO Team GB, the session was focused on making sure that they were loose, relaxed and ready for competition starting on Tuesday! The session took place outside in the heart of the beautiful city of Skopje.

WAKO Team GB Monday Training Session

The first day of fighting began on Tuesday 5th September with all three of our Boston fighters fighting in the preliminary rounds and Quarter Finals. First to step on the tatamis at the Sports Arena of Boris Trajkovski Sports VIP Arena was Nesta Baxter fighting in two of her three fighting styles, Point Fighting shortly followed by Kick light. This was Nesta's fifth year representing her country and last year became World Team Event Champion and Individual Bronze Medalist. Nesta drew Croatian fighters in both styles in which she beat with a unanimous decision putting her through to the quarter finals in both along with her Light Continuous which she drew a by to the quarter finals.

Nesta Baxter winning her Point Fighting Preliminary Round against Croatia.

Next to take to the Tatami was Chelsea Leggatt, who is 17 years old. This is Chelsea's second year representing her country after competing at the World Championships las year in Ireland. Chelsea was fighting in the Junior Girls (16-18yrs) +70kg category. In her Point Fighting she came up against a Turkish Fighter. After the second of three rounds Chelsea was behind by 5 points but in the third round Chelsea turned the score around to win her quarter final putting her through to the semi finals securing another medal for Evolution Martial Arts and herself.

Chelsea Leggatt with her coaches after winning against Turkey in the Quarter Finals.

Next onto the tatami in the preliminary rounds was Talon Chambers who is 11 years old. This was the first year for Talon representing Great Britain at an International Level. Talon fought a Bulgarian fighter in the Younger Cadet (10-12yrs) Boys Point Fighting +47kg. The fight was close but it was the Bulgarian fighter who took the win in the second half of the final round after a storming performance from Talon.

Talon Chambers before the competition in Skopje.

As one of the final fights of the Tuesday Night, Nesta Baxter fought in the Quarter Finals of her Point Fighting against a strong German Fighter. After a tough fight Nesta came out on top winning comfortably in the end booking herself a place in the Point Fighting Semi Final and securing her first medal of the competition.

Nesta Baxter fighting against the German opposition in the Quarter Finals.

Wednesday 6th of September was the day of the Quarter Finals with both Nesta and Chelsea fighting in two of their styles. First fight of the day was Nesta Baxter against Francessa Oliviero, an Italian fighter in her Kick Light style. Nesta fought fantastically and won by a unanimous decision securing her second medal of the competition. Nesta then went on to fight in her Light Continuous Section where she drew another Croatian fighter. Nesta fought a tough fight but convincingly won with another unanimous decision.

Nesta Baxter fighting against Italy in Kick Light in the Quarter Finals.

Chelsea Leggatt then fought in her quarter finals in style of Light Continuous. Chelsea fought against a much taller Polish Fighter in his Light Continuous after a good fight it was the Polish girl who progressed to the semi final with Chelsea loosing on a split decision.

Chelsea Leggatt fighting in the Quarter Finals of her Light Continuous.

Thursday was a busy day for the Evolution Fighters who remained in the competition. Nesta Baxter had all three of her semi finals whilst Chelsea Leggatt had her semi final in Point Fighting.

Nesta Baxter was again first onto the Tatami in her Kick Light Semi Final where she drew a Hungarian fighter, Csenge Pallag. Nesta had a phenomenal performance that booked her a place in the final an fantastic achievement considering that this was her first European Championship in this style of fighting.

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