On the 23rd of August Nesta Baxter from Boston flew to San Sebastián, Spain to compete for WAKO Team GB in the WAKO European Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships 2015.
Nesta Baxter, 15, competed in the -55kg girls older cadet (13-15yrs) point fighting and light continuous at these championships for her country. After the first day of fighting she was weighed in at the official hotel and was at the top of her fighting category (-55kg) making excellent weight.
On the second day of being with team GB in Spain Nesta had a medical assessment which was all clear and then a training session on the beach before the competition.
On Tuesday the European championships began with Nesta being selected by Team GB to be the flag bearer for Great Britain along with two others this was a very proud moment for her. Then Nesta had to fight in the elimination rounds against Poland in her continuous. Nesta had a unanimous win against the polish fighter.
On Wednesday Nesta had the quarter finals against Germany and Hungary. In her point fighting Nesta won by 18-19 after going to extra time against Germany in her continuous she had another unanimous decision her way versus Hungary.
Thursday was the day of the semi-finals and Nesta had to fight two Croatians to make her way into the final. In her points fighting she won by 13-7 and in her continuous she won by 3 judges by a few shots.
The first day of the finals Nesta had her point fighting final against an Italian, the fight was very intense and after the first round Nesta was down by two points but pulled it back to a draw with a head kick. During extra time Nesta got a three point margin to win the European kickboxing title in -55kg girls older cadet point fighting.
On the Saturday Nesta had her continuous final against another Croatian who was a very tough fighter, Nesta lost to the Croatian after a very close fight with not one of them wanting to give an inch and Nesta lost by 2 judges to 1 but came away with her head high and a silver European medal in -55kg girls older cadet light continuous.
Nesta is very proud of herself for this brilliant achievement and would like to thank all of her coaches including Linda Baxter (her mum) for everything they have done for her to get her to where she has got to. She would like to thank Fogarty (Filled Product) Limited for all of their sponsorship and support. Nesta said that she is now feeling even more motivated and ready to achieve a double world title at the World Championships next year in Dublin, Ireland. This was Nesta's 3rd year fighting for Great Britain after competing in Poland 2013 and Italy 2014.
Nesta Baxter trains at Evolution Martial Arts in Boston and an international fight team in Nottingham, Team Blue Blood.
Nesta Baxter WAKO European Gold and Silver Medallist 2015