A TALENTED Stalybridge schoolgirl is looking for funding so she can head to the world championships after landing two national kickboxing titles.
Madison Buxton scooped gold medals in the Under-10s Points Fighting and Light Continuous Kickboxing categories at the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission National Championships in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Her success meant she qualified for her fourth world championships, to be held this year at Niagara Falls in the USA.
But because kickboxing is completely amateur, Madison needs funding so she can make the trip, at the cost of £1,250.
“That money will take in hotels and flights,” said proud mum Kelly of her 10-year-old daughter, who goes to Gorse Hall Primary School.
“It’s a costly trip but it’s one of those things. However, this would be her fourth world championships and she won a silver and a bronze medal last year.
“She’s very talented and seriously dedicated, she trains six days a week. If ever she has to miss a training session through illness or whatever, Madison definitely isn’t happy!
“So it would be great if she can go to Niagara Falls. We’ve only just started looking at getting sponsorship and in the past firms have contributed to the cost of sending her over.”
Madison’s triumphs are nothing new as she continually comes out on top – and her training regime is already lined up if she gets to represent her country.
And Kelly also paid tribute to the support Gorse Hall School give her so she can compete in the Under-40kg category in her age group.
“We’ll be going out for a run before she goes to school then Madison will go training after school at Evolution in Hadfield,” she added.
“A lot of the time, the championships land in school holidays but Gorse Hall is very supportive whenever she has to go on trips to compete at international tournaments.
“They’re very good at allowing her to take time off.
“The tournament is a big thing and there are people from all over the world taking part – from Guatemala, Canada, USA and Mexico.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to go. She got a silver in light continuous and a bronze medal in points fighting last year – this year she’s hoping to go better.”
The world championships, under the auspices of the World Kickboxing Council, take place from November 2-8 at the Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York state.
Anyone looking to donate funds can do so online at www.gofundme.com/maddiebucko