Trio chase the medals

Bryan Harris, of Kwinana, with Bailey Fitness owner Adam Bailey, of Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d418695
Bryan Harris, of Kwinana, with Bailey Fitness owner Adam Bailey, of Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d418695

Bailey Fitness owner Adam Bailey and brothers Bryan and Brendon Harris will be competing in the Muay Thai World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia.

About 80 fighters compete in each weight division and Bailey will be duelling in the middleweight category, while Bryan and Brendon Harris will be competing in the welterweight and light middleweight respectively.

Bailey (30) revealed the event would signal the final chapter of his career but said he was keen to continue to mentor the Harris brothers.

‘I will continue to impart the knowledge that I have acquired over the years,’ he said.

He said the world championships attracted more than 200 fighters from around the world.

‘It is a 10-day event and there are fights every day in an elimination style tournament,’ he said.

‘There are some really experienced fighters from Thailand and Eastern Europe, but we are going over there with the intent to medal.

‘There are about 30 fighters representing Australia, so to have three from this gym is an outstanding effort.’

Bailey said the combat sport, derived from a type of martial arts in Thailand, was becoming more popular in Australia.

‘Muay Thai is starting to emerge and there are hopes it could be a future Olympic sport, which would boost its profile,’ he said.

Bryan Harris (26) said training had been rigorous in the lead-up to the event. ‘We have been training up to 10 sessions a week and there has also been lots of work on strategy,’ he said.