MOORSIDE SCHOOLGIRL Angel Curtis has capped a remarkable first year in Thai boxing by being selected to fight for England in the World Championships in Thailand in March.
The biggest obstacle facing the 12-year-old, however, will not be her opponents but getting to the Far East.
Dad Dean said: “There is no funding available so the trip has to be finances by ourselves.
“Angel has decided to take part in a sponsored 10k run across Saddleworth Moor this month to try and raise some funds.”
Dean added that competing in this country is a strain financially with transport and accommodation costs considerable, but venturing overseas they will become even more prohibitive.
Since taking up Thai boxing, Angel has a perfect record of 45 wins from 45 fights and has also captured five major titles.
Angel, a pupil at Saddleworth School, started martial arts at the age of five at Rushcroft Ju-Jitsu Club and was a black belt four years later.
It was last October when Angel went to Knuckles Muay Thai Boxing Club looking for a more demanding and competitive sport and had her first fight only six weeks later.
Angel, who left Hodge Clough Primary earlier this year, became so immersed in the sport that she was soon training five times each week and travelling all over the country to fight.
And in March Angel captured her first title, the British 35kg belt, after taking the fight as a last-minute replacement.
That was followed by the WKA English 35kg title in May and then the Ladykillers Trophy when she beat the 2013 world championship gold medallist.
The fourth title was the Super League Knockout in Birmingham where the top eight girls from the United Kingdom came together.
September brought a trip to Blackpool where Angel added the 35kg belt at the Celtic Championships.
Angel also won an inter-club competition held by Knuckles as she extended her record to 45 straight victories.
Angel is taking three months off from fighting to recharge her batteries, though her training will be as intense as ever as she prepares for the World Championships.
She trains six days a week and has even been travelling to Leicester to workout with Iman Barlow who is a world champion.
Angel trains regularly with Kevan and Amy Lloyd at Knuckles and has also been having sessions with professional boxer Marvin Greaves.
She has also been given free lifetime membership to Heavenly Bodies Gym, Moorside, which has been a massive help.
Anybody willing to sponsor Angel can contact dad Dean at: firstname.lastname@example.org