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Brother and Sister star!

Pleckgate pupils Emaan and Hamza are making their mark in the Kickboxing and Taekwondo world.

The brother and sister have been attending Bolton Dragons and British Taekwondo School (BTS) Bolton since they were little as ‘their mum wanted them to do something.’

And Emaan, 13, is on Team GB for Kickboxing while Hamza, 11, is hoping to secure a place on the Junior Olympic Team for Taekwondo this year.

“All my friends think it’s really cool,” said Emaan.

Both are Black Belt 1st Dans and have competed all over Europe, with their next big event the Golden Glove in Italy in January.

Emaan recently won a bronze medal at the WAKO European Kicking Championships in Budapest, representing Team GB in the -42kg category and is No 1 in GB in the same weight division.

“I was so proud to win a bronze medal,” said Emaan. “I love representing Team GB and we train together once a month.

“The World Championships are in Serbia next year and I want to do well in them too.

“There are talks about Kickboxing becoming an Olympic sport and my dream is to go to the Olympics.”

Hamza likes Kickboxing and Taekwondo and, as Taekwondo is already an Olympic sport, he is hoping to seal a place on the Junior Olympic Team.

He has won a host of medals and trophies this year including winning the YOKOSO Dutch Open and he also came second in the British Taekwondo Championships in Manchester in the -32kg category.

He has won the first of three GB Grand Slams in kickboxing and, if he does well in all three, he will be called up to the Team GB squad like Emaan.

“We have cardboard boxes full of medals and trophies in our house,” said Hamza.

“It’s good that we get to travel all over Europe doing something we enjoy.”

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