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Leicester Shootfighter of the Year: Jim Wallhead
For his contribution to the club as a coach, being an indispensable training partner/warm up man/corner man to his teammates, his continuing winning streak in the cage and his growth as a martial artist this year.
Most Improved Student: Jamie “Daywalker” Molyneaux
“Daywalker” has evolved from just another kid at the gym to an absolute terror on mat (and the unofficial team mascot!). He’s been dominating bigger, stronger and more experienced grapplers and had some fantastic performances in competition. He’s been an inspiration to many at the gym and short ginger people worldwide.
Best Grappling Competitor: Liam “Bermuda” Corrigan
Liam has had a breathtaking year. 10 competitions and over 20 wins with numerous gold medals coming his way including the advanced division titles at Ground Control, GrappleMania and UMA. Against more experienced opposition he’s still managed to win most of his fights by submission. Inspirational.
Best MMA Competitor: Jacob Constantinou
With only a year and half training, Jacob proved his worth in competition with gold and silver in successive amateur MMA tournaments and a 2-0 record in single bouts. Hungry to compete and always looking to improve he’s quickly become one to watch in the squad.
JD Hylton – for his infectious positive attitude, superb results in competition and huge contribution to the club giving up time and expertise to help his team mates.
Kieren Lewin – for training hard and making constant progress under the radar due to his modest and no trouble attitude then putting in two excellent competition performances to round out the year.
Caz “Ghost Owl” Tweedy – for her contribution to the club helping out new students, support of the team, obsessive drive to improve and inspiring performance in competition under stressful circumstances.
Andre Winner – for an exceptional run of finishes on The Ultimate Fighter 9 TV show and being robbed of “KO of the Night” at UFC 105.