Telford teenager's bid to follow kung fu dream

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Telford teenager Yasmine Lindsay is raising funds to represent Britain at kung fu – just over a year after she took up the sport.

Blue belt Yasmine is just 14, but achieved a perfect score in her last competition which qualified her to represent her country in the ISKA Amateur World Championships in Germany.

The Ercall Wood schoolgirl, who trains with Telford Chin Woo, only took up the sport in October 2014, after being told she was too tall to be a gymnast.

She is now desperately fundraising to help her get to the competition later this year. Her mum, Olga, said Yasmine first tried the sport when younger brother Dereese, six, gave it a go.

She said: "Yasmine had done gymnastics for a number of years but she was told that because she is 5ft 8in she would be too tall to get into a squad. She was sort of thinking 'what now?' so she gave kung fu a go and she's done really well."

Olga said that Yasmine's gymnastics background and her height have helped her in her new sport and she is praised on her form.

Since starting kung fu, Yasmine from Arleston, has already won a number of competition medals, but representing her country would be a dream come true.

Yasmine needs to raise £1,200 in both online and offline donations in order to get to Germany and has so far reached £800. Her online fundraising page will close on March 8.

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