Siblings do themselves proud at titles

19-7-2014 pic Scott GelstonBeaconsfield Junior MMARichard McLeod, 8

19-7-2014 pic Scott GelstonBeaconsfield Junior MMARichard McLeod, 8

19-7-2014 pic Scott GelstonBeaconsfield Junior MMA Victoria McLeod, 10

19-7-2014 pic Scott GelstonBeaconsfield Junior MMA Victoria McLeod, 10

BEACONSFIELD has once again punched above its weight and brought Tasmania two placings from last week's Junior Mixed Martial Arts League competition.

Siblings Victoria and Richard McLeod fought in the semi-caged event on August 16.

Victoria, 10, was the only girl to compete.

She received second place in her category.

"I've been training with boys, so it's pretty normal for me," she said.

Her proud trainer and father, Russell, commended his daughter on her fight.

"It's good to see a girl getting in there and doing women proud," he said.

Eight-year-old Richard, who won the junior category, described the competition as "pretty not scary".

Last week's achievement is the latest in a long list of titles for the dedicated athlete.

McLeod said he would take his children to the event again "in a heartbeat".

He described the feeling among competitors as that of a brotherhood.

"MMA is not for everyone but it is an extremely safe platform," he said.

"The platform was so safe my 10-year-old daughter competed with a 13-year-old boy without injury."

Beaconsfield MMA is fund-raising to send its pupils to the ISKA World Cup in Sydney. For more information, visit facebook.com/beaconsfieldmma

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