Seven-year-old Ella Starling kicked off the year in spectacular style, claiming a gold and silver medal at a January Grand Slam kickboxing competition. 

International competition

The Wellington youngster, who is sponsored by her local Specsavers, took her skills to an international level last year, competing in both Spain and Germany. She will be travelling to the Czech Republic in May to take part in the WKU European Championships 2017 where she won gold in 2016. 

Proud parents

Ella’s Mum, Kirsty, is a dispensing assistant at the store. She said: ‘Ella is so pleased with her latest achievement and can’t wait to compete again in May. It certainly gives her something to focus on and work hard for – just one of the benefits of martial arts. We’re very proud of her.’

Store director Emma Davies added: ‘We are all big fans of Ella’s and wish her huge congratulations for her latest medals. We know she will continue to progress in the coming months and look forward to hearing the results of her competition in May. Good luck Ella!’

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