A STALYBRIDGE schoolgirl is heading to a world championships after meeting her fundraising goal.
Madison Buxton has come up with the £1,250 required to head to Niagara Falls in the USA for the World Kickboxing Council (WKC) tournament.
Now the 10-year-old will face competitors from all corners of the world in her bid for glory.
Madison qualified by scooping gold medals in the Under-10s Points Fighting and Light Continuous Kickboxing categories at the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission (WKKC) National Championships in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Her success meant she qualified for her fourth world championships but because kickboxing is completely amateur, she needed funding so she can make the trip.
A fundraising effort saw her do 100 rounds of kickboxing, with number 100 being against her mother Kelly.
But a £500 donation from Action Together’s Tameside 4 Good scheme made sure she will be at the tournament from November 2-8.
“We’re absolutely made up,” said Kelly. “We’re so excited to be going and Maddy cannot wait to get there.
“It’s a world championship so it’s obviously going to be tough but we feel Madison can compete with the very best.
“And we’re so thankful to Tameside 4 Good for their donation to help her meet her funding target. Also, everyone who contributed to the fundraising appeal.
“It’s been brilliant raising money to get Madison to America. Now we’re there, we feel she can give it a really good go.”
Even after qualifying for the world championships, Gorse Hall Primary School pupil Madison’s success did not stop.
She won gold in the light contact category at the prestigious Northants Open event on Sunday, May 19, as well as silver in the points discipline.
That follows the two golds she won in the Under 40kg sections in the same disciplines at the Aberdeen Open earlier in the month while she earned silver and bronze in the U35kg groups.
“We were pretty confident that she’d be able to make it,” added Kelly. “We’d already managed to pay the deposit for the trip, which was a big chunk of it.
“This tournament is a big thing and there are people from all over the world taking part – from Guatemala, Canada, USA and Mexico.
“That money will take in hotels and flights. This will be her fourth world championships and she won a silver and a bronze medal last year – this year she’s hoping to go better.
“It’s a costly trip but it’s one of those things. 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!”
The world championships, under the auspices of the World Kickboxing Council (WKC), take place from November 2-8 at the Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York state.