Hamlett and Bell show potential in ring

Laura Bell and Kaelee Hamlett spar in the ring before a training session begins. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d442655
Hamlett and Bell show potential in ring
Laura Bell and Kaelee Hamlett spar in the ring before a training session begins. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d442655

Laura Bell (20), of Forrestfield, and Kaelee Hamlett (15), of Lesmurdie, took part in their first kickboxing title recently and came away with accolades and praise from their mentor and a win for Laura.

Their instructor, Murray McKechnie, has been teaching kickboxing for two decades in the Shire of Kalamunda.

�I started in the Agriculture Hall 17 years ago,� he said.

The business has moved to Walliston and is on Laurence Road.

McKechnie said he was thrilled with both trainees� fighting capabilities and said Hamlett could become an elite athlete.

�She has the killer instinct, which is never give up and she has reserves that enable her to come back when she is down and triumph,� he said.

�I was so impressed with her fight.�

Hamlett said despite losing her fight to Bullsbrook�s Jessica Seery, from Country Muay Thai, she was very happy with her effort.

For Bell, her win was a thrill and not something she would have considered doing in the past.

She was up against Lisa Turner, from Mandurah Muay Thai.

�I decided to take up kickboxing for weight loss because my brother dared me to do it,� she said.

�That was three years ago, and now I love it so much I can�t imagine not doing it.�