Waringstown's boy wonder
23 November 2022 - by Sports Reporter
A BOY wonder from Waringstown and his family are celebrating after he clinched not one, but two world titles - and he's only nine!
He took two gold medals during the recent WKU world kickboxing championships in Wales.
Scott beat a local Welsh opponent to win the minus 25kg light contact category and then accounted for Canada’s national champion to secure the minus 25 kick light/low kick final.
It was a stunning performance from the youngster.
Lord Mayor Paul Greenfield and colleague Alderman Mark Baxter called to congratulate Scott at his training gym in Lurgan on Friday night.
The Lord Mayor said: “We were delighted to visit Scott and congratulate him on his recent wins on behalf of the borough, a fantastic achievement and he’s made the area proud."
Ald. Baxter added: "Scott is an inspiration to young people that he trains with and just shows what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
"I know his parents are immensely proud of him as we all are in Waringstown and right across the borough, a world champion is a huge achievement."
Scott's father, former kickboxer Brian, is proud as punch of his son.
Dad told Chronicle Sport: "It's a great success for Scott. Only nine and a two-time world champion, in different categories.
"Canada, America, Germany were there, England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico had a team there - 22 different countries in total."
The world titles cap a sensational year for Scott, who became Northern Ireland champion back in January.
The success didn't happen overnight. Brian explains: "Scott started training with me about the age of three, then at the club from five.
"He got into it through me training him at home. I always enjoyed the sport and knew it was fantastic for youngsters.
"He had to be in P1 to join a club. Then getting him into the club, I put myself back into training at that time too."
Brian is full of praise for Scott's head coach - Gilford man Garry Nelson - "for all his time and effort over the years" at their kickboxing club, Fight Club NI in Lurgan.
Don't be deceived by Scott's angelic appearance!
Dad says: "You'd think he's one of those children that butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, but then he can switch it on when he steps in the ring because even though it's called 'light contact' they are hitting hard - while wearing as much protection as possible."
So what might the future hold for the champ? Brian says: "I'm hoping he'll stay at it, it's up to him. He told me once his goal was to be a world champion.
"He's achieved the pinnacle at a very young age but hopefully as he gets older he keeps progressing."
Scott is a sporting all-rounder, also playing football for Lurgan Town.
But next up is more kickboxing, with preparations already under way for the next Northern Ireland qualifiers in January.
After that, there could be another crack at a world win with Scott possibly defending his titles when the championships switch to Canada for 2023.