A HUDDERSFIELD woman has won gold at the World Padded Stick Championships.
Rebecca Kane, from Crosland Moor, won two golds and a silver at the tournament in Manila, the Philippines capital.
Rebecca, 21 - who is also a keen Irish dancer - and fellow Huddersfield University student Paul Izod represented Britain in stick fighting, which combines fencing and boxing.
Rebecca took gold in the women's 40-50 kilo division and silver in the 50-60 kilo class.
The English and history student ended up doing nine six-minute fights in three days.
She said: "I don't know why I was entered in two divisions, but my schedule was a little tiring."
Rebecca also took gold in the forms, which is creative dancing with a sword and dagger.
She said: "I used moves from Irish dancing, which I don't think people in the Philippines would have seen before."
And Rebecca, who will represent north-west England at the World Irish Dancing Championship in April, also took part in the opening ceremony, performing a reel in front of the 1,500 competitors and 500 spectators.
She said: "It went down really well. I got lots of cheers."
But British Championship silver medalist Paul was less fortunate, pulling out of the tournament after injuring his shoulder in his first fight.
While in the Philippines the pair trained with many stick fighting masters.
And Rebecca was given the honour of becoming the British representative for a new style of stick fighting, which emphasises disarming the opponent.
She said: "Hopefully, after I graduate in June I'll be able to set up a class.
"It is difficult doing more than one activity and being a full-time student, so I am looking for sponsors."
Rebecca is available for Irish dancing displays for birthday parties and other functions.
She also plans to run self-defence classes for women and children aged four to seven.
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