REBECCA has won world titles in her sport but is now using her skills and personality to help other people turn their lives around … and she’s still only 27.
She is an expert in Filipino martial arts which include versions of boxing, kick-boxing and stick fighting and she has racked up an amazing number of successes at the highest level which include five world titles, two European titles and 10 British number ones. She also has a place in the exclusive USA Black Belt Hall of Fame.
As if that’s not enough, she’s danced since the age of six – recently competing at the World Irish Dance Championships – and in just 25 days she will be one of the people chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Huddersfield.
In 2005 Rebecca opened the Kane Academy at Perseverance Mills in Lockwood where she trains people of all ages and backgrounds in the finer points of martial arts and the self-discipline and the respect which accompanies them.
Rebecca said: “I was shocked that I won after hearing all the other stories – it is totally inspiring.
“I think it would be nice if I can team up with some of the people I have met tonight to do some charity events.
“It has been a really good evening and an eye opener. We are all in our own little bubbles, but there is so much going on in Huddersfield.”
l The other nominees in this category, sponsored by Sandal BMW and Mini, were Jack Sykes and Andrew Whitworth.