The 2016-17 season has been another monumental year so far for 14 year old Macy Wood as she continues to dominate competitions at home and abroad. So far, she has already defended her 3 World Titles, adding a Silver medal in a fourth Category at the WKC World Championships in Dublin in November, to become a 7 time WKC Junior World Champion. She is now unbeaten in 2 years and, having only lost once in 3 years competing at this level, Macy has now won 36 Golds, 4 Silvers and 4 Bronze Medals in all competitions, fighting in the U16 sections.
This March, Macy continued to represent the sport as a nominee for Young Sports Woman of the Year at the Leeds Sports Awards 2017. We are incredibly pleased to announce that, despite going up against three young Team GB Olympians, she came second in the voting!
Tanya Arnold (BBC Look North Sport), who was presenting the awards, said of her when talking about the nominees ”This young lady can not stop winning!” and we are very proud to have her as a part of our sport.
She is also earning a name for herself internationally, with Canada’s National Coach adjusting his team’s tactics ahead of their Final against Team England at the WKC World Championships 2016. The goal was to keep her off the mat entirely and, unfortunately for Macy (and Team England) the tactic paid off:
“We just could not allow [Macy] to hit the mat. We knew that if that happened it was all lost, so we went all out to beat the first 2 girls.’’
The tactic was clearly decided after Macy had defeated one of Canada’s top fighters in the Individual section; a bout which Macy was honoured to see has been immortalised in the poster for this year’s World Championships (below).
Macy currently trains at her club, Roche Blackbelt Academy, for six hours a week and also travels to Birmingham four times a month to train with Team SAP UK. In addition to this, Macy squeezes in time for boxing lessons with Mick Marsden at Bodymania Gym in Rothwell to compliment her Kickboxing. She competes for her school, Rodillian Academy and Rothwell Girls’ Netball team, as well as Swimming for the John Smeaton Life Saving Team, enjoys Horse riding, and studies Singing, Acting and Dancing for three hours on a Saturday morning with Stagecoach Roundhay in Leeds.
Having previously won the Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2016 at the Leeds Sports Awards (in a mixed U14 category), Macy has also secured one of only three full sponsorship contracts with SAP UK. She also recently made a young Kickboxer’s day by helping to coach them at the Irish Open; be sure to like her Facebook page for more great stories!
We would like to take the time to congratulate Macy on her amazing success as she continues to fly the flag for Kickboxing. As the BKC joins Sport England’s #ThisGirlCan campaign, we are hoping that Macy and other young female Kickboxers will continue to get the recognition they deserve and can help to inspire more young women to take up this great sport to keep them fit and active.
“My sport has done many things for me. As well as keeping me fit and active it has made me a more confident person, it has kept me grounded and respectful, all of which I have carried forward into my school work and how I interact with teachers and other students. In return I have received 100% backing from Rodillian Academy (who have nominated me for The Sports Awards for the last 2 years) whenever I have needed time off to attend competitions. I have also made many new friends at home and abroad who I am in contact with on a regular basis, which is really cool.
The future – I recently competed in Croatia which really opened my eyes to the high level of competition on the European circuit, which we don’t tend to see these guys in the UK, so I would like to attend more competitions in Europe to continue my own development. I really want to be seen as a role model for the younger kids (especially girls) to show them that with hard work, dedication and commitment they can achieve anything they set their minds to!” – Macy Wood