A TALENTED trio with a Dunfermline martial arts club have claimed medal success at a global competition.

Malcolm Prandstatter, Ruby Held and Samuel Held, who train with Fife Kickboxing and Self Defence Academy, represented Scotland at the WKA (World Karate and Kickboxing Association) World Kickboxing Championships and won six medals between them.

Held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell, over the weekend of June 21-23, Samuel, 14, won gold in the male 12-14 years points fighting discipline in the 45.1-50kg category, a silver in the 50.1-55kg weight, and a bronze in the light contact 45.1-50kg event.

Malcolm, 13, took gold in the male 12-14 light contact at 60.1kg and over, and third in the points fighting event at the same weight, and Ruby, 16, was third in the female 15-17 points fighting at 60.1-65kg, as well as fourth in the 55.1-60kg points fighting, and light contact at the latter weight category.

Craig Reid, a third dan black belt and founder of Fife Kickboxing and Self Defence Academy, commented: "The guys did really well.

"They've trained really hard for it. They've been all over Scotland with the Scotland squad training for it, and have been training hard at the club as well.

"It's the first World Championships we've been to in a long time - I think it's 15 years since our club went - so we're very proud of them.

"It's a terrific experience for them to have as well. They've been building up to this since qualifying last year, and I'm proud of them for being so focussed.

"They've done themselves, the club and their families proud."

Malcolm has been a member of the club since 2015, starting out in their 'Little Dragons' class for four to six year-olds, whilst siblings Ruby and Samuel joined in late 2020.

Craig continued: "The worlds event spanned three days and marked their largest tournament to date.

"Our three competitors performed exceptionally well, fighting with the heart of lions and truly embodying our club's values: passion, growth, commitment and community.

"Competing as part of Team Scotland was a remarkable experience, and our athletes made lasting friendships with fellow kickboxers from Scotland and around the world. We are proud of our team's achievements and excited to see what the future holds for them."

Fife Kickboxing and Self Defence Academy are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and Craig added: "We're doing really well.

"The club's busy and I'm very pleased with the way it's running. There's a great vibe and a great community feel to the place.

"We've got great staff and I'm very fortunate. It's such a good club with good families, a good community, and I'm delighted with the hard work the coaches are doing."

The club, based within Castle Business Centre, off Queensferry Road, offers both competitive and non-competitive environments for children and adults.

For more information, find them on Facebook, or visit https://fifekickboxing.co.uk/.