Emotional win for Swansea teen
A SWANSEA teenager won an incredible victory on the anniversary of the tragic death of her brother.
Ashleigh Johnson clinched a British title in Thai boxing at the Celtic Championships in Blackpool.
The 16-year-old Tycoch College student, from Llansamlet, was overcome with emotion following her poignant celebration on the fourth anniversary of her brother Rhys's death.
It was made even more special as her dad Dave, aged 40, lifted a European title.
The family were left devastated when 10-year-old Rhys was killed in a shooting accident.
He collapsed into the arms of his mum after being shot in the heart in the tragic incident in 2009, which happened as he had been shooting a tin can in the lane behind his Llansamlet home with a pal without his parents' knowledge.
He rushed back to his mum following the incident.
Mr Johnson, who is the manager of Kwik Fit, said: "It was quite an emotional day.
"Six of us went from the club and four of us won — I won a European title.
"Me and Ashleigh both fought someone from Holland and both won.
"It's the first meeting that Ashleigh has ever won — she fought for a British title and she won." He added: "Ashleigh was crying after her win, it was very emotional. There was a lot of pressure on during that day and the fact that it was the fourth anniversary of Rhys's death."
Mr Johnson decided to take up the sport as Rhys had been a talented member of WPT Thai Boxing Gym in Fforestfach, Swansea.
He got involved in the club as his daughter felt uneasy about going back to class without her brother.
Mr Johnson said: "As a family and a club we have dedicated our victories to Rhys but we have never publicly announced it.
"It's a major part of her life that she is missing as there were only 18 months between Rhys and Ashleigh."