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Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Elite Athlete wins four gold medals in top kick-boxing contest

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A talented and highly-motivated Elite Athlete at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is celebrating after winning four gold medals in her first kick-boxing competition of 2020.

And still more success awaits determined Alyssa Bristow (17), an Advanced Level Sport and Exercise Science student as, in the coming months, she has four more prestigious kick-boxing tournaments lined up around the UK, which could earn her British and world titles.

Alyssa, from Burnley, a former pupil at Blessed Trinity RC College, said:

“I’m pleased with my medal haul from the UK English Open Championships. It was great to perform so well in front of a sell-out audience in Barnsley, especially as it was my first competition of 2020.

“My work with lead Strength and Conditioning Coach Nathan Norris as part of the Elite Athlete programme at Burnley College really paid off as I dominated my opponents. I work with Nathan twice a week on improving my mobility and strength and he’s devised an individual training programme for me to follow. With his guidance, I’ve recovered from injuries quicker and have also been able to access free physiotherapy.”

Alyssa fights at Burnley’s Dragons Kick-Boxing Club, where she has been a member for six years, training five times a week and also receiving private tuition from kick boxing specialists. She took up the sport six years ago and has been competing for two years, taking part in high-profile contests around the UK and in Italy.

Nathan Norris added:

“Congratulations to Alyssa on her latest success: I’m sure that 2020 will be a record-breaking year for her, thanks to her commitment and determination to be the very best.

“The Elite Athlete programme at Burnley College offers those students who are already competing at a high standard in their chosen sport, or have an exceptional level of natural talent, the opportunity to reach peak performance. I work on bespoke strength and conditioning training with them, alongside specialist nutritional advice, sports psychology and physiotherapy to allow them to push their limits and achieve new personal bests.

“Our Elite Athletes compete against the very best in the UK and world in a diverse range of sports – from cycling to the hammer, from kick boxing to swimming – we have a number athletes aiming to compete in future Olympic Games (Paris 2024), earning gold medals for their country.”

Burnley College is one of the few TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) accredited dual career colleges in the UK, recognising its focus on developing the sporting talents of its top athletes while also ensuring they have the essential additional support and flexibility needed to maintain their academic performance.

Are you passionate about sport and fitness – whether that’s at A Level or via a Vocational programme? Are you looking for a College that shares your passion and will allow you to access professional training alongside your academic studies?  Find out more via www.burnley.ac.uk, contact 01282 733333 or email s.services@burnley.ac.uk.

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