Two gold medals and a belt for Abbi in Ireland NAGA
Berwick schoolgirl Abbi Rae achieved more Jiu Jitsu success last weekend when she won two gold medals and a belt at the NAGA Ireland competition.
Abbi, who is a current British, European and World champion, travelled to Dublin as part of the prestigious UK Youth Elite Squad.
She competed in the expert division, putting herself up for any competitor, regardless of belt, who wished to enter.
She fought in the Nogi class first of all, and she won her bout with a submission by triangle, which is quite a complex move.
But Abbi took it all in her stride so she took to the podium to take her first gold of the day, along with the prized belt.
Abbi then went on to fight again in the expert division in the Gi class.
And again she won her fight by submission, this time pulling an arm bar that had her opponent tapping out and submitting the contest.
This was a victory which gained her a second gold medal at the championships.
Abbi trains with the hugely accredited Professor Rick Young at his Black Belt Academy in Edinburgh, but she is also a member of the UK BJJ Elite Youth Squad.
All the members are hand picked to be part of the squad and are selected by three BJJ black belts.
They have training sessions every month – these are usually three hours long and are quite intense.
The professors push every youngster to the limit at all times.
From these sessions children are chosen to be part of the squad, giving them the opportunity to be part of the best youth team in the UK and the chance to travel the world as part of that very strong squad.
The respect the competitors have for one another is incredible, and with such a strong team spirit, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Abbi would like to thank all of her sponsors and everyone at Rick Youngs Academy, also the whole UK BJJ Elite Squad for all the help, encouragement and support she receives from so many kind people.