Published: 26/01/2018 12:16 - Updated: 26/01/2018 12:24

Kickboxing tourney inspired by Dion's bravery

Dion (right) with her mum Kerry.
Dion (right) with her mum Kerry.

A MORAY martial arts coach has fulfilled her promise to a student who lost her battle with cancer by organising a charity tournament in her memory.

Dion Yates' bravery and passion for kickboxing with her local Empower Martial Arts club provided owner and head coach Lisa Clarkson with a sporting legacy.

When Dion passed away in August last year at the age of 18 after a long battle with Ewing's Sarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer – a great sense of loss was felt among her sporting friends.

But Lisa revealed how the Lossiemouth youngster's name will live on in a special martial arts competition which will be staged every year in her memory.

"I made a promise to Dion the day before she died that every year I would hold this annual event to keep her name and memory alive, for this sport was her passion and fight until the end," she said.

The Dion Yates Memorial Open takes place at Lossiemouth sports hall on Sunday, with over 70 fighters from eight kickboxing academies across Scotland entering the event.

"All monies raised will be going to the Archie Foundation where Dion asked us to donate before she passed away." Lisa added.

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