Last night, the Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina met Ieuan Taylor, a young up and coming sports star from Abertillery, South Wales, where they presented him with a donation in support of his fundraising activities as he bids to compete in the forthcoming ICO World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ieuan, who attends Abertillery Comprehensive School, is 12 years old. He is a very keen and talented kickboxing student of Devils Martial Arts and he trains in the purpose built gym in Pen-y-fan Industrial Estate. He also plays for Abertillery Colts Under 13s.
Ieuan has been a student within the club since he was 3 years old and a competitor since the age of 5. He has travelled as part of the Team Wales all over the UK and Europe. He has achieved two inter-schools sportsman awards.
In March this year, Ieuan travelled to Germany with five other Devils members and joined Team Wales (as the youngest fighter) to compete in the German Open. He brought back a Gold and Bronze, taking the title of German Open Champion in the Under 40kg category.
Ieuan fought in the ICO Welsh Championships in Pontypool in February, winning his section and retaining his title of Welsh Champion. Ieuan, along with Team Wales, travelled to Sheffield in April and competed in the European Championships, but unfortunately due to a knee injury on the mats he could not continue fighting and just fell short of a medal.
All this is preparation, along with 12 hours training a week, to compete in the World Championships in Germany in October. Ieuan also has a competition this coming Sunday in Birmingham, then the Bristol Open the following week, followed by a week’s rest before the ICO World Championships!
“We wish Ieuan all the best in his forthcoming competitions, especially in the ICO World Championships, and offer our best wishes for the future. Well done Ieuan and Good Luck from the Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina.”
Ieuan receiving the cheque from Richard Bevan, President of the Rotary Club of Abertillery and Blaina and Sharon Harford, President Elect. A massive congratulations to Ieuan and Devils Martial Arts on this fantastic achievement; we wish him (and the rest of the Welsh team) all the best of luck for the World Championships!