Adamsons the pride of Gilford after big wins

Dad Stuart and sons Brandon and Dylan Adamson who are all medal winners at the recent the recent world Kick Boxing Championships in Portugal.  INLM4714-420

Dad Stuart and sons Brandon and Dylan Adamson who are all medal winners at the recent the recent world Kick Boxing Championships in Portugal. INLM4714-420

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It is not unusual to return home from a week in Portugal packing presents - but the Adamsons recently arrived back with something extra special in the family suitcase.

Stuart Adamson was selected to represent Team Northern Ireland at the World Kickboxing Championships along with sons Brandon and Dylan.

Dad Stuart and sons Brandon and Dylan Adamson who are all medal winners at the recent the recent world Kick Boxing Championships in Portugal.  INLM4714-420

Dad Stuart and sons Brandon and Dylan Adamson who are all medal winners at the recent the recent world Kick Boxing Championships in Portugal. INLM4714-420

All three collected medals at the week-long tournament in a final haul of gold, bronze and three silver.

To add to the cause for celebration, Stuart’s wife Jane made a special surprise appearance in Portugal to cheer on the family and enjoy the couple’s wedding anniversary.

“It was just a brilliant experience for everyone,” said Stuart. “Having Jane turn up out of the blue was amazing and we had a great week.

“Each round lasted two minutes, with two in the final.

“I won gold in the under 85-kilos grade, with Brandon silver in the individuals and team event.

“Dylan, who is just seven years old, won silver and then finished third in the open class.”

The Gilford family would like to thank Gerald Derry from Annaghmore-based Derry Ltd for sponsorship support.

Special thanks also go to trainer Gary Kelly and everyone in Dungiven’s KFMA gym.

“We all put in a lot of hard work and credit especially to the boys for putting so much into the championships,” said Stuart.

“The support from the rest of the family made a massive difference and the trip was self-financed, with help from Derry Ltd.

“I was out in Spain three years ago with Brandon for the Worlds when he made his debut as a 10-year-old fighter and I won bronze.

“The sport gives the boys so much self-discipline and they love the training and competitions.

“Brandon has reached his Brown belt, Dylan is Yellow belt and I am First Dan.

“Next up is the Irish Open in March 2015.”

Team Northern Ireland finished with 19 golds, 15 silvers and 10 bronze out of 45 competitors.