This article was posted in the Basingstoke Gazette in May 2013 - I thought i would add a link to the archive. Visit the site at http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk
There was a double success for father and son Ron and George Peploe as the Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation took part in the Southern Area Championships at Tolworth, London.
George Peploe won the black belt under-75kg section and was also third in the black belt under-70kg section, while Ron Peploe took first place in the black belt veteran section.
A third member of the club, Stuart Roshier, gained a fourth place in the under-79kg black belt section.
Following the tournament, both of the Peploe were asked to join the British World Association of Kickboxing Organisations for the forthcoming European Championships in Greece and the World Championships in Brazil. George (22) will be in the under 79kg event and Ron (51) in the over 35 years under 89kg category.
They will now attend several British squad training sessions over the next few months.
In other results from the BKO, Ron Peploe gained the British WAKO champions belt in January, while the organistaion was very successful at the Southampton Open as they won 19 trophies in total.
BKO fighters also competed in the CIMAC British open in Birmingham.
Heather Chillcott came first in the ladies intermediate section, while Kiri White was second in ladies novice event, after fighting strongly in her first tournament George Peploe gained a hard earned third place in the black belt under-75kg category.
Club instructor Steve O’Grady came second after losing in sudden death in the final of the veterans section.
Andy Partridge was second in the Men’s intermediate and Neil Jepson fought well but lost to the eventual finalist in this section as well.
BKO was founded by Ron Peploe in 1986 and runs several classes for all levels and ages. Instructors are CRB checked and fully qualified and insured.
Classes take place at The Gallery, Moniton Trading Estate on Worting Road. For more information visit: www.basingstokekickboxing.co.uk