TOWN centre gym HAMMA is celebrating a junior world champion after a team travelled to Rome for the championships.

Four youngsters went to the Italian capital to take part in the Youth MMA World Championships (IMMAF).

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Bronson Price, age 16; Sam Lynch, 17; Elliott Carter 12 and Sophie Bellis, 13 made the trip.

And Sophie won the World title to become the first British junior world champion and she even beat an Italian opponent in Rome in the final.

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Meanwhile, the other HAMMA competitors won two and lost one, just missing out on bronzes.

The IMMAF is the biggest martial arts federation in the world and will see competitors from countries from all over the globe including Japan, South America and Russia.

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On the success, HAMMA Gym said: "All four performances were world class. All four competitors were warriors and bringing home the gold with Sophie. Well done to the team.

"Massive thanks to the coaches back home for their help getting the team to the standard they are. And thanks to all the supporters from parents, grandparents, carers and friends. We wouldn’t be the club we are without this. Thank you.

"Also thanks to the guys at home running the gym for us while we have been to the tournament. We couldn't have done this without you all."

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(Left to right) Bronson, Elliott, Sophie and Sam with HAMMA owner Sean Martin