FIGHTERS from a Moray kickboxing club have proven themselves to be six of the best after securing medals at the unified world championships in Italy.
The fighters from the Sfear club in Lossiemouth were representing Scotland at the championships in Carrera.
And coaches have said the super six have done both themselves and their communities proud.
They faced a daunting challenge at the largest multi-martial arts events in the world, but still returned to Scotland with a haul of 13 medals, and every one having achieved a silver or bronze.
The six fighters over the past year have competed in a selection of competitions throughout the UK and it was at these competitions that they secured their right to represent their country at the unified world championships in Italy.
Since their selection they have trained tirelessly and often travelled eight hours in one day to train with the rest of the WKA Scotland Squad at Rivals Gym in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
Meanwhile, senior sensei Lahra Gauld and Sfear manager Jason Fletcher not only had to prepare themselves for the world championships but also had to train, coach and prepare the team. They also ran the rest of the club’s sessions on a daily basis.
The owner of Sfear, Jill Fletcher, said: "I honestly cannot tell you how proud I am of WKA Scotland and in particular these six. Every single fighter medalled at these world championships, fighting some extremely tough opponents in order to do so.
"It was very emotional for all of us at home watching them give everything they had and I hope Lossiemouth and the rest of Moray will feel just as proud of them as I and our Sfear family do.
"Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed during our fund-raising events throughout the year to help with the associated costs of attending world events such as this. "Your generosity was very much appreciated and without you we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this magnificent result.
"To compete at this level it takes a lot of time, effort and commitment and these six have certainly shown that they have what it takes."
Two of the fighters, Ellie Mae Scott and Rebecca White, are still pupils at Lossiemouth High School.
Stuart Kidd is studying at Moray College, and all three would often take their homework into the club on training nights to complete in between practising their drills.
Scott Russell works full-time at Walkers Shortbread in Aberlour, leaving his home at 5.30am. It makes his day a long one, but Jill said he did not miss one training session.
Just before returning home, Mr Fletcher said: "The Super Six have completed their challenge – and after a tough four days against some pretty ruthless opponents from all over the world, they will return home to Lossiemouth.
"We are tired and a few of us are carrying some war wounds. But we are not returning empty handed, having taken nine silver and four bronze medals, with every single fighter returning with a token hung around their neck to show how hard they fought.
"That is what success looks like. Sfear have, I think, put Lossiemouth firmly on the world map for our sport. These guys have made us all so proud."