How Port Talbot Kickboxer Beat The Bullies!
A kickboxing ace from Port Talbot who took up the sport to beat the bullies is a step closer to the European Championships after securing sponsorship.
Fifteen-year-old Dalton John has been given a £1,000 boost from Persimmon Homes West Wales as he looks to raise the £2,500 he needs to represent Great Britain at the championships in Spain later this month.
The donation comes as part of Persimmon’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being given to support local groups and charities in West Wales over 12 months.
Dalton started kickboxing after suffering at the hands of bullies. His dad Frazer enrolled him at a local kickboxing class and his natural ability for the sport quickly became clear.
He has gone on to represent Wales and GB, has been crowned world kickboxing champion five times and has gained two black belts.
Frazer said: "This will be the second time that he has represented Great Britain. There is no funding available so we have the raise the £2,500 ourselves." Dalton has raised £1,356 through teaching private lessons, sponsored events and bag packing. "This generous donation from Persimmon Homes is a huge boost for us." They have really helped Dalton on his journey.
Sharon Robinson, of Persimmon West Wales, said Community Champions was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works. She said: "We’re delighted to be able to help Dalton on his way to the European Championships. We’re really proud to have someone of Dalton’s talent in Port Talbot, and he is passing on his knowledge to other children now which is wonderful to see."
The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.