HE may only be small but six-year-old Jonathon Vaughan packs a mighty punch!
And now the youngster has the backing of the two of St Helens’ biggest hitters, after ex-Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe and businessman Dave Butterworth joined forces to help the youngster fulfil his dream by competing in the European Kickboxing Championships in Italy.
The pair read in the St Helens Reporter about Jonathon’s struggle to raise the funds necessary to pay for the trip and to represent his country.
Scully13.co.uk and Hiviz.co.uk joined forces to sponsor young Jonathon, and help him get to the champonship.
And their investment definitely paid off, as the Bleak Hill Primary school pupils joined a long line of medal winners to emerge from the Hughes Shorai Kickboxing club.
Fighting in the Under-12s, Jonathon won a silver medal in the under 30kg category.
Scully, who is now Saints new business manager, said: “I recognised Jonny, as he had attended one of my Scully13 camps.
“So when I saw the article in the Reporter about Jonathon struggling to get to Italy, I knew I wanted to help.
“I was lucky enough to represent my country on a number of occasions, and noone should be denied that opportunity because of funding.”
Jonathon is coached by former World champion Lorraine Hughes, alongside her father Dave, a former British champion, and her son St Helens Culture Award winner and European champion Connor Hughes.
The club also offered additional support to six of its elite students selected to compete at the European Championships – Connor Hughes, John Paul Wilson, Adam Roberts, Jonathon Vaughan, Kevin Owens and Bobbi Owens managed to return with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Head coach Dave Hughes said: “To have a student from your club selected to represent their country is a huge honour, but to have six students selected is amazing.”
Hughes Shorai train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Knowsley Centre for Learning (6pm-7pm Under-sevens and 7pm -8pm over 7s) and Wednesdays 6.30-7.30 at Rainhill High school.
Anyone wanting further details can phone Lorraine Hughes on 07926844280.