Double delight for Hucknall’s kickboxing sisters

SIZZLER SISTERS -- Josie and Lucie Callan.
SIZZLER SISTERS -- Josie and Lucie Callan.
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The Downies, who have taken the European Gymnastics Championships by storm, are not the only pair of sisters from Hucknall making an impact in world sport.

For the Callan girls, of Oakenhall Avenue, have hit the spotlight again with their kickboxing exploits.

Lucie Callan (12) took a gold medal in the International Combat Organsation’s (ICO) European Championships at Sittingbourne in Kent.

She recovered brilliantly from the disappointment of losing a British title fight the previous night against Georgia Deakin, of Lincoln.

Meanwhile older sister Josie Callan (15), who also struck gold at Sittingbourne, has learned that she has been given the opportunity to fight for a full-contact world title.

“For a kickboxer of her tender age, this is a massive honour,” said proud dad Garry (51), who runs the Orchard Care Home on Papplewick Lane with wife Lynn.

The world title fight will take place on Sunday 22nd June in Birmingham where the sisters now train at the Saxon Kickboxing Academy run by their coach, world champion Tyler Shakespeare.