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Barnsley College Kickboxer Rosie is a punch above

Rosie Longley training.

@BarnsleyCollege Public Services student  , Rosie Longley, is aiming for a world title in kickboxing once she is able to return to her training duties.

The 16-year-old has previously won International Combat Organisation (ICO) European title belt, five ICO Nations titles, World Martial Arts Organisation British title, World Ring Sports Association English title and ICO Northern Area title, as well as represented England in the World Championships.

A former Holy Trinity student, Rosie started kickboxing at the age of nine, initially to lose weight and learn self-defense. She now trains at the Combat Academy aspiring to be a professional fighter and is hoping to compete for the Kickboxing world title in the near future.

Rosie is part of the Barnsley Sports Academy within College and works on her strength and conditioning with the coaching staff. This has enabled her to access an Elite Sports Performance Bursary to fund aspects of her competition such as equipment and travel.

Rosie said: “Alongside my titles, my England selection in the World Championships is also one of my greatest achievements. I am proud to represent my country, as well as achieving many Golds and Silvers in several categories.

“The Barnsley Sports Academy has given me the opportunity to access the Elite Sports Performance Bursary which will help fund my training and fighting after COVID-19. The College has been very supportive during the pandemic, helping me to learn to my fullest on the course, I want to thank my tutors for that.”

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