TEENAGER George Rowand will be flying the flag for Redditch and Team GB when he represents his country at the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Youth World Championships in Thailand.
He flew out on Wednesday this week with his proud mum Becci and trainer Kevin Dorman of Redditch’s Titans Martial Arts Academy for the event between August 3-11.
And while flights and accommodation have been paid for he’s received backing from a wide range of supporters to cover other costs, including companies like Transmec and even his local Borough and County Councillor Pattie Hill who donated some of her divisional funds to help the family out.
“I think the achievements of George are absolutely marvellous,” she said.
“I am immensely proud to be supporting this young man; he is representing not only our country but our town.”
The youngster comes from a highly talented family – he’s a triplet and his brothers Harry and James both excel at football and basketball – the trio even played together when they turned out for the St Bedes Middle School football team when they were 11.
“I’m mega-proud of them all,” said Becci.
“George started the Thai boxing just for something different to do and for the fitness seven years ago.
“There came a time when he decided to put football on the backburner and concentrate on the Thai.
“He takes it very seriously, trains five times a week.
We went out to Italy last year for the World Championships and he did well, but he’s always wanted to fight in Thailand, the home of the sport.”
George is one of just 27 selected to represent Great Britain in the sport this year and will have a key role to play both now and in the future as Muay Thai will trial at the 2020 Olympic Games.
If successful, the sport will keeps its place for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games at which it is George’s ambition to compete.
To sponsor George email [email protected] or call 07873 898409.