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Road to Rio starts here for York’s kick-boxing Cattersons
GOLDEN dreams of Olympic conquest are being explored by York’s kick-boxing siblings Courtney and Macaulay Catterson.
The duo head off next week to the world cadet junior kick-boxing championships in Slovakia, both keen on turning a clutch of domestic championships into world success.
But beyond their showdowns in Slovakia, Courtney, 15, and her 17-year-old brother Macaulay have been so inspired by the magic and magnitude of the London Olympics that they have turned their gaze towards the next five-ringed extravaganza in Rio de Janieiro in just under four years.
The oldest of the Catterson clan, who has notched 21 wins this year alone, including success in the gruelling SIMAC league tournament, is soon to join the RAF.
There he hopes to make the elite programme of athletes which will vastly aid his bid to make the Olympics as a boxer.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my basic training with the RAF,” said the teenager.
“The Olympic Games were so inspiring that besides helping me with a career, being in the RAF will help me with my ambition of making the Rio Games.”
Courtney, who last weekend won the King’s Battleground kick-boxing competition in Nottingham, said once the world championships are over, she will decide whether to try her hand at women’s boxing leading up to the Rio Olympics.
The Canon Lee School pupil revealed how she had been wowed by the ring prowess and success of Nicola Adams, the Leeds-based fighter who won gold at the London Olympics in the first time the Games had included boxing for women.
“It’s going to be a big decision for me, because I have been competing in kick-boxing since I was seven years old,” said Courtney.
“I don’t want to have to give something up which I am good at for something that I might find I’m not so good. But I don’t want to have to regret missing out on something like aiming for the next Olympic Games.”
She added: “The London Olympics gave me such inspiration that I like the thought of having a go at women’s boxing. It would be refreshing to have a new challenge and come up against new people and new skills.
“And after seeing what Nicola Adams did for women’s boxing, the thought of competing at an Olympics is special. It’s something I’m going to have to think about really hard.”