Selston High School student Ebony Upton has won the Junior Sportsperson Award at Active Ashfield’s 2013 Sports Awards, held at the Festival Hall.
Ebony, who is a member of the Ripley-based Wragsters Kickboxing Academy, has been nominated for this award for the last two years by Lewis Jones, PE teacher at Selston High School, and also this year by her parents.
Ebony won the award ahead of 33 other nominations.
In August of this year, she travelled with the W.U.M.A Great Britain squad to compete in the World Martial Arts Games, which were held in Geneva, Switzerland.
In kickboxing 2 light continuous sparring competitions, she gained gold and silver medals. She also won a silver medal in Korean patterns Tae kwon-do.
Ebony, who has been training in martial arts for ten years and kickboxing for five years, said she was surprised, nervous but overjoyed to have won and she wanted to thank her two coaches, Lee Wragg, Taekwondo, and Shane Holmes, kickboxing, for all of their hard work and inspiration.
She also wanted to say a big thank you to her mum and dad for taking her to all her practice sessions and for their continued support.