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World title win for young Muaythai starPosted in Archive on Thursday, 7 September, 2017

Hours of training, adhering to a strict diet and having a no-nonsense attitude has paid off for a Mandurah Catholic College student who has returned to Mandurah with a World title to add to her growing list of accolades.

Shannon Gardiner (Year 10)  is now world champion for her age group in Muaythai after competing in the IFMA (International Federation of Muaythai Amateur) Youth World Championships last month. Held in Thailand, the championships attracted over a thousand competitors from 79 countries.

Shannon met New Zealand in the semi final and knocked out her opponent in the first round! This convincing win foreshadowed a strong title fight which saw Shannon win all three fights against the Thailand entrant, with a unanimous decision from the judges to claim victory in her age and weight category (14-15 years, 60kgs).

Shannon underwent a rigorous training and diet regime for 10 weeks in preparation for the championships after impressing the judges at the Australian National Championships and subsequently gaining selection to represent Australia.

Congratulations Shannon on your outstanding achievement!