Kickboxing superstar Alyssa Bristow holds a hosts of belts from North-West to World titles and is keen to add to her collection.
Alyssa, 16, is a member of Dragons Kickboxing Club and hopes to compete abroad for the first time in October.
She has two World titles to her name, British titles, English, Northern and North-West medals and, after winning double trophies at the Cheshire Cup, has qualified to take part in the Unified World Championships at the end of October in Italy.
“I have not competed in Europe before so I would like to take part in Italy to see what it is all about so I think that’s one of our main focuses for this year,” said Alyssa, with 5,000 people expected to compete at that event.
First though Alyssa is hoping to add more titles and seven medals to her tally at the WKO World Championships in Barnsley on Friday (26th July)
“Last time, I picked up two gold medals and three silver and this time I am taking part in seven categories over three days, from full-contact to low kick.”
Alyssa has just finished at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College and wants to go to Burnley College to do a BTEC in Sport Life and Industry in September.
“That covers sports massage and physio among other things.
“I also can take an Elite Academy Course there which involves coaching qualifications and basically learning more about elite sport.
“I want to carry on my kickboxing. I started nearly six years ago and I can’t imagine life without it now. I would love to go professional – I will just have to see what happens.”
Alyssa is sponsored by PC Roadshows and won the Young Achiever Award at the Burnley Community Sports Awards 2019 this week.
|Words : Dany Robson |Photos: Andy Ford
Photo above: Alyssa with her coach Steve Wong and fellow kick boxer Maise Paige Baker at Burnley sports awards