Spartan’s McMahon fights his way to double gold

Team with their medals at the hotel in Geneva (left right back row Allan Davis, Darren McMahon, Cal Hewitt, Kaylum McMahon, Dean Petty, left to right front row, Zach Marshall, Logan Herron, Bradley Brown, Joseph Little, Kane Waters, Joe Armstrong, Harry Waters).
Team with their medals at the hotel in Geneva (left right back row Allan Davis, Darren McMahon, Cal Hewitt, Kaylum McMahon, Dean Petty, left to right front row, Zach Marshall, Logan Herron, Bradley Brown, Joseph Little, Kane Waters, Joe Armstrong, Harry Waters).
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SPARTAN’S Darren McMahon fought his way to two gold medals in the World Martial Arts Games, held in Geneva.

McMahon scored Spartan’s only knock-out victory after a superb left roundhouse kick in the third round of the full contact kickboxing final.

Twelve Spartan fighters were part of a 60-strong WUMA GB squad.

The Spartan contingent met fighters from Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, Northern Ireland, the UK and the USA to take home a haul of eight gold medals, seven silver and five bronze in boxing, full contact kickboxing, K1, continuous kickboxing and freestyle points fighting.

Team-captain Dean Petty had to be content with a gold in Olympic rules boxing, and a silver in the full contact kickboxing.

Kaylum McMahon took an impressive three medals with a silver in full contact kickboxing, gold in continuous kickboxing and a bronze in freestyle points.

Allan Davis won a gold in full contact and heavyweight Cal Hewitt got silver in K1.

Spartan’s juniors were just as impressive as Bradley Brown (8) won gold in points and a bronze for continuous.

Logan Herron (7) claimed silver for continuous and bronze for points. Zach Marshall (9) took gold in continuous and bronze in points and Joseph Little (11) won silver in continuous and another silver for points.

Kane Waters (12) took silver in points, while his 10-year-old brother Harry, won gold in points and a bronze medal in continuous.

Paul Grieves said: “I am extremely proud of how this team has trained for this tournament, and while in Geneva, they have been outstanding competitors and have conducted themselves with top sportsmanship in and out of the ring.

“None of this would have been possible without their hard work, the help of our many fundraisers.”

Paul also thanked the club;s many sponsors – ServerAid, JLA, Saints Hairdressing, St Joseph RC Primary School, Big Opticians, Gary Black Carpet Services, Roof Scientist, LJB Construction, Swinney Skip Hire, King Brothers, Martin Telfer Carpets, Mode Beauty, Cosmetic Tattoo Studio, KRJ Racing, Hogans Social Club and Bodyzone.

Anyone interested in taking up kickboxing can contact Paul on 07971467989.