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Martial Arts Champion Up For Proud Of Barnsley Award

Wednesday July 3 2013

Mick Crossland Mick Crossland

A WORLD champion in martial arts is helping Barnsley people feel healthier and stronger - as well as training them to succeed in top competitions.

Mick Crossland owns the non-profit making organisation The Combat Academy in Wombwell, and has helped the borough's young fighters. His efforts have been noticed and he's been nominated in the Proud of Barnsley awards.

Sheryll Hamshaw, who nominated Mick in the Sporting Achievement category, said: "Mick is an outstanding member of our community. As a family we have known him for a few years now and our relationship began when he started training our son Zak in kickboxing.

"As well as now training myself and my husband, Mick has become a family friend and we have also become friends with his family."

Zak, 13, now regards The Combat Academy as a second home and Mick as an "inspirational and motivational figure" in his life. Zak's parents say his confidence has grown in leaps and bounds and he has now qualified to fight in the ICO World Kickboxing Championships in October.

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Reply Posted by mick edwards on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 13:43
Mick should definitely get this award! So much commitment to others as well as pushing himself to become world champion! Their must be 26 hours in micks day to do what he does.

Reply Posted by Steve Hingley (ICO Int. Judging Official) on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 13:52
Mick Crossland deserves this nomination and gets my vote. An outstanding ambassador to the sport of Kickboxing and Martial Art. Not only a worthy professional World Champion but also passionate and dedicated coach and a true gentleman. A credit to Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Jane Clarke on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 16:15
Mick is well worthy of the award & more. My boy started at the academy a couple of years ago... Needed a confidence boost and a little direction in life. He is now at college studying a progressive athletes course... helping to coach at the academy & is also in competitions both nationally & internationally... Even securing amateur world championship wins. Mick believed in my boy & has to be credited for the amazing and confident young man he's become.

Reply Posted by sheryll Hamshaw on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 18:36
here here to all the above :) Mick brings inspiration to all ages and its about time we recognised someone who is a positive role model for our children. A true gent and a worthy winner of such an award....

Reply Posted by Nathan Hill on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 22:00
A fantastic award for a fantastic guy.Mick Crossland deserves every achievement possible for the outstanding work and effort he puts in not only for himself but for everybody around him and associated with him with the combat academy.His enthusiasm an passion for sport and the people involved is second to non,a top accolade for a top guy.