Young sports star impresses Lord Coe

A young kickboxer from Daventry has received praise from the President of the IAAF and British Athletics icon, Lord Sebastian Coe.

Shannon Kennedy, aged 10, a pupil at Abbey CE Academy, is a world champion kickboxer in her age group and has represented her country in the sport.

In recognition of her achievements, Shannon attended an event hosted by the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), of which Abbey CE Academy is part, to celebrate sporting excellence across their network of academies.

Lord Coe, a former Olympic gold medallist, was invited to meet the future sporting stars and Shannon took full advantage by showing him her medals and even gave an impromptu demonstration of her skills.

Lord Coe said: “Shannon is clearly a very talented and dedicated young sportsperson.

"I asked her if she had considered changing her specialism to taekwondo, which is an Olympic sport, but she said that her passion lies in kickboxing and boxing. I think she wants to be the next Nicola Adams.”

Dan Sutton, Executive Headteacher at Abbey CE Academy, commented: “Everyone at our academy is thrilled for Shannon and the progress she has made so far is remarkable.

“We know how far Shannon can go in kickboxing and meeting an influential figure, such as Lord Coe, has given her an extra push to succeed in sport.

“We are very thankful to everyone at the Trust for their hospitality and to Lord Coe for giving up his valuable time to talk with Shannon.”