Three Comet Bay College students, all from one family, are proudly representing Australia in Mauy Thai next week at the 2017 IFMA Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. We wish Kai, Jhett and Damon Nelson good luck in their competitions.
The boys are trained by their father Andrew Nelson, who runs the local Lanna Presitge Mauy Thai Club. Both their father and mother previously competed themselves, so it is no surprise that their boys are all so professional and self disciplined at this highly competitive sport.
There are 44 Australian representatives in this competition, with 8 coming from Western Australia.
Years of dedicated training have developed their skills, body conditioning and fitness level for a sport that is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact.
Year 12 Damon Nelson has been fighting for 4 years now and took out the silver medal at the 2016 World championships. So he is keen to compete again this year and is aiming for gold.
“It’s exciting that all three of us can represent Australia as a family” said Damon Nelson
Year 7 Kai Nelson has only started fighting this year, but took out Gold at the National Championships in Queensland to secure his place in the Australian team.
Year 12 Jhett Nelson has been fighting for one year and this will be his first time competing at an international level.