Abbi on top of the world after championship win at jiu-jitsu

It was a weekend to remember for four local youngsters who travelled to America to take part in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation's world championships.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 15:28

All four returned with medals from the Pan-American children’s event, held at Long Beach in California.

And pride of place went to Abbi Rae, of Berwick, who won gold in the teenage female category, adding to the British and European titles she already holds.

Jevon Leighton won silver in the junior male class, and there were bronze medals for Matheos Ferreira and Rory Anderson, who are also the reigning British and European title holders.

Jevon, Matheos and Rory are all members of the TF Fitness team in Berwick, and they teamed up with the renowned Checkmat team for the championships, training with fellow competitors before the event.

Abbi, previously a member of the TF Fitness team, now trains at a gym in Edinburgh, and she travelled to the States as part of the official British junior jiu-jitsu squad.

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Coach Thiago Ferreira said: “I couldn’t be prouder of all of them.

“This was a very tough competition for them, but they all acquitted themselves well.

“Matheos was disqualified in his semi-final for an illegal move, and Rory had a hard week with medication he was taking for a throat infection, but that’s not an excuse.

“Jevon got through to the final, and, of course, Abbi won gold.

“This was her first competition without me, but I was still cheering her on, and it is remarkable to think what all four of these youngsters have achieved.”