Young Tennessee has a year to remember
YOUNG Llanelli kickboxer Tennessee Randall has had a year to remember.
The sport of kickboxing is split into two disciplines, semi-contact and light continuous, and 14-year-old Tennessee has dominated in both.
Since January the Coedcae pupil from Bynea has won the WAKO British title along with the under-16 British ring title, the famous Irish and Bristol Opens, the CIMAC World Cup, the KWON Grand Slam and the WTKA European title in Austria.
A busy year was topped off in Italy last month when she won yet more world titles.
In the last three years Tennessee has won world titles in three different organisations, bringing her total to 11.
Regarded as one of the best fighters in the world at under-16 level, she even won a senior team title in Italy fighting as part of a three-woman team with Ashley Brace and Rachel House after they beat Venezuela in the final.
This year's success has come down to hard work and dedication. Tennessee travels to Ebbw Vale and Cardiff a couple of times a week to join up with her club Storm and her world-renowned instructor Ashley Brace.
She also trains at the Robert Davies Gym in Dafen with boxing coach Nigel Haddock and at Penyrheol Boxing Club in Gorseinon where she has shown so much progress she is due to have her first boxing match this month.
Tennessee's club, Storm Kickboxing Academy, have several clubs around South and West Wales and are looking to open a branch in Llanelli in the new year.