Oliver Clarke’s kickboxing talents are unstoppable. At the age of 10 the youngster has not only been awarded 60 trophies, medals and belts and represented England, but has also landed a prestigious sponsorship which could help take him to another level.
After a successful six month probationary period Oliver has been selected to be a member of the Womaa Elite Fight Team.
The sponsorship will see Oliver be part of a national team competing at events throughout the UK and the opportunity to compete for various titles at fight nights and competitions. The young star is delighted by the news and is looking forward to being part of the Womaa team.
“I would like to thank Womaa Fight for giving me the opportunity of being part of their elite team and for letting me be a sponsored fighter,” said Oliver.
On the day Oliver was informed about the sponsorship news, he was at a World Kickboxing and Karate Union (WKU) event, where he picked up two English open titles and got a silver on the same day.
Dad, Martin is delighted with his sons achievements and added: “Myself and family are extremely happy for what Oliver has achieved, and to be selected to Womaa Elite sponsored team is an honour. It has just finished the year off in style.”
Oliver’s love for kickboxing started at the age of five and he is now a regular at T6 Gym in Burslem where he is coached by Matthew Wood and often receives guidance from Dave Morgan and Shane Porter. He is also regularly coached by former World Champion, Robert Ball in Walsall.
For Oliver, of Bradwell, seven days in a week is only just enough to satisfy the youngsters appetite to train and improve on his kickboxing technique – sometimes he can also be found testing his skills at Thai Boxing too.
Martin adds: “We are very proud of his dedication, not many children of his age stick to things, but he’s been doing this now for five years.
“Every night he can be doing some training, he wants to train and he loves it. I always thought he might be a footballer because I run football clubs and thought he may be interested in that, but we never forced him into the football.
“He chose his own direction and that’s what he wants to do.”
But despite Oliver’s hunger to be in the gym, he, and Martin, are aware of how important it is to have some time off.
“I do have to rest some days, my coaches do tell me and I know it is important to rest especially before a fight,” said Oliver.
Oliver has also received sponsorship from various local businesses in Stoke-on-Trent, and is hoping to take part in the ICO World contest 2019 in Canada.
“I really would like to thank everyone who has supported me and sponsored me,” said Oliver.
Martin added: “We have received so much support and I’d like to thank everybody, family, friends, sponsors – everybody.”
“If it wasn’t for all the support we have had then Oliver wouldn’t have been able to compete in some of the competitions he has.”
Oliver has dreams, he’s fulfilling his own dreams, but he also wants to be able to help others in the future.
“I like helping the younger kids,” he said. “I would like them to be just as good as me when they are older and I want to pass on the cycle.
“When I am older the thing I’d like to do is open my own gym to teach children the skills I have learned, so they can win trophies and be the best.”
Oliver Clarke has a determined attitude only to be admired. At age ten this youngster is without doubt a rising star and one the martial arts fraternity will be keeping a very close eye on…