A SCHOOLBOY has his sights set on a gold medal in a kickboxing tournament that begins today.
Cameron James, 15, a student at de Ferrers Academy in Burton, is currently in Italy where he will represent the UK in the World Kickboxing Tournament. Four major kickboxing organisations have joined forces for the first time to create a platform for fighters to compete.
The tournament is being held in Tuscany until November 4.
Cameron told the Mail: “It’s been my goal ever since I started in martial arts to represent my country.
“I’ve dedicated all my time and effort to being the best I can and I’m now ready to take on this huge challenge.
“I’m hoping all the hard work pays off and I can bring back a gold medal and make my family and my club proud.”
Cameron first expressed an interest in karate when he was just four-years-old. He then decided that he wanted to go on to do study further areas of martial arts and took up Thai kickboxing.
He has been training with Chris Squirrel from the Burton Kickboxing Academy for the last 16 months.
He has already competed in the British and European nationals this year and brought home a silver medal from each tournament.
He is now working extremely hard to come back with a gold for his country.
Cameron trains six days a week, getting up at 6am every morning to go on a run before school. He then trains for two hours every evening, as well as making sure all of his homework is completed on time.
Staff at the academy are incredibly proud of his achievements and his commitment to achieving his goals.
A school spokesman said: “He has given up spending time with his friends and all of his other hobbies to set his heart on achieving a gold medal for his country.
“We’re all really routing for Cameron in the hope that he returns with the gold medal he’s worked so hard to achieve.”