October 8, 2019
SUPER Stevie Weldrake is feeling confident and holds no nerves ahead of his British title defence later this month.
The Year 8 student at Dyke House Academy is certainly used to the big occasion having already become the two-time world kick-boxing champion. Weldrake, who is also a talented footballer and plays for Seaton Carew FC, is enrolled on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad programme after being recognised for his achievements. The 12-year-old is keen for his progress to continue after raising the bar with his performances over the last few years.
“It was my fourth birthday when I first started because my dad, Marty, bought me some boxing gloves,” said Stevie. “He asked if I wanted to try something other than football, so I did.
I went to the gym, tried it out. In my first fight I got my brown belt and a few months later I won two gold medals. The year after that I got the black belt and it just grew from there. I have won gold medals in kick-boxing and K1, which is a type of kick-boxing with different rules. My dad challenged me to fight in different organisations and it’s been my life ever since.”
Stevie was afraid to get into the ring for the first time competitively aged around six, but claims “the fear disappeared after that and never returned”.
Just last month the former Jesmond Gardens pupil won the Prestige title after he successfully fought off the challenge from Jack Kilford in the Midlands. He loves sport and also fancies acting having enjoyed drama at Dyke House, a Northern Education Trust academy, where he hopes to do well so he can get a good job when he leaves. But Stevie is determined to maintain his high standards in kick-boxing too.
He said: “Last year in the summer I was two-time world champion because I won the qualifiers, the semis and the final in kick-boxing and K1 in the under 35kg at the World Championships. I won the European title six months later, that’s why I am one of the best in the world for my age. There are different organisations and I am the WKO two-time world champion. It would be good to fight the other world champion from Barcelona, first I’m going to Sheffield for the British title fight on October 20.”