An Isle of Wight teenager has been selected to compete for Team GB on an international level.
15-year-old Daisy Farmer will travel to Italy in October – alongside a couple of her teammates.
Whilst there they will challenge for silverware in the WTKA Unified Martial Arts World Championship.
Daisy, who is from Ryde, has been training in the art of Muay Thai – a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. The discipline is known as the “art of eight limbs” due to the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
Daisy fell in love with the sport after a visit to her local gym with her mum, Laura. Daisy said:
“My mum was going along to do fitness [training] and she dragged me along one day and I have just stuck and I have been going to a gym called Conflict ever since.”
She has been learning the skill for nearly three years and recently became a British Champion at the Sandee Championship – walking away with two belts.
Alongside a few of her teammates, the Christ the King College student will now travel to Italy for an even bigger event:
“A few of us came back with belts and a few trophies. I think it was first, the second and third place we all got. Then we got put through to the Italy unified championships and we’re going there in October.
“We got out there and there are almost 100 countries that are going to this one competition so around 5,000 fighters. We go out there… and I think we get matched up and then it goes on from there and you work your way up.”
So far, Daisy has been supported by trainer Andy Harvey who has helped to fund some of her fights. However, she is now in need of further financial support and is appealing for sponsors:
“Sponsorships go towards fight wear, travel and anything that supports me in any way. Get in contact – you can either sponsor an individual or the team.”
After Italy, Daisy will also embark on a two-week challenge in Thailand.
If you want to help support Daisy, you can email her mum Laura at [email protected]