A proud mother is hoping her kickboxing daughter has found the right venue to inspire young people with her love of martial arts.
If all goes to plan Tracy Williams’ daughter Tennessee Randall will use an empty unit at the rear of Andrew Street, Llanelli, to teach kickboxing.
Miss Randall, 21, is a European champion in full contact kickboxing and is gunning for a world title in her weight category in Turkey next month.
She is also doing a master’s in psychology at Swansea University after gaining a first class honours degree in the subject and coaches martial arts at Llanelli’s Wesleyan Community Hall.
Mum Miss Williams said finding a more practical venue had been really difficult until the unit appeared on their radar.
“It’s slightly bigger and we wouldn’t have to share it with other activities and work around everyone else,” said Miss Williams.
She has now submitted a change of use planning application to Carmarthenshire Council for the unit. Fitness sessions would also be run there.
Miss Williams, of Bynea, said kickboxing was her daughter’s passion.
“She’s been doing it since she was seven,” she said. “We tried dancing and the piano but she didn’t want to know.
“She really enjoyed football but as soon as she tried kickboxing that was the thing for her.
“All she ever wanted to do was compete. It’s a massive part of her life.”
Miss Williams said her daughter had received very positive coaching feedback.
“The really brilliant thing about kickboxing is how it can change children’s lives,” she said.
“Some of them have been bullied, are painfully shy, or are lacking in confidence.
“The parents have said it’s changed their lives for the better.”
Away from coaching Tennessee competes in the minus 56kg category and does not receive government funding.
According to her mother she is more well-known for her exploits in Europe and England than her home country.
“I am really proud of her,” said Miss Williams. “She is dedicated, hard-working, and she is a brilliant teacher.”