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Championship trip for Bacup kickboxing champ
4:08pm Thursday 19th July 2012 in Opinion
A TEENAGE kickboxing sensation is heading to the World Championships — partly thanks to county council grant.
Ryan Grenfell, 13, is now in full training for this October’s event, which takes place in Montreal in Canada.
The Bacup lad received a £500 donation towards his trip thanks to Lancashire's champion for young people, County Councillor Mark Perks.
Ryan qualified for the tournament after winning a British event earlier this year.
He said: “I am really pleased to have been awarded this grant.
“I will be trying my best to win. I'd like to thank everyone for their help.”
Coun Perks said: “Ryan is a fantastic example to other young people. He has excelled in his sport and I'm pleased to provide this much-needed funding that will help him to realise his dream.
“He's a superb role model for other young people. I hope his success encourages others to take part in sport - and puts Bacup on the map.”