The past year has certainly been one to remember for kickboxer Nesta Baxter - after being crowned European champion, as well as scooping a series of national titles.
The 15-year-old Boston High School pupil represents Team Blue Blood, an elite fight team based in Nottingham, as well as the town’s Evolution Martial Arts.
Nesta was selected to represent Great Britain after winning her categories at the WAKO Kickboxing British Championships, also impressing at a training camp at Lilleshall.
Competing at the WAKO Kickboxing European Championships in San Sebastián, Spain, she beat off all comers to win the -55kg girls’ older cadet (13-15 years) point fighting title, also picking up the silver medal in the -55kg girls’ older cadet (13-15 years) continuous category.
In June Nesta (pictured with this year’s haul) also won the CIMAC Kickboxing World Cup, held in Windsor.
Nesta won two golds at the Junior Kickboxing Euro Cup, also in Windsor, where she was also named fighter of the tournament.
At the beginning of the year, Nesta won three British titles at the WAKO Kickboxing British Championships, the -55kg girls’ older cadet (13-15 years) point fighting and continuous competitions and also the -55kg junior (16-18 years) girls’ continuous.
Nesta fought at the WAKO Kickboxing Czech Open in Prague, winning three sections and also receiving silver in the junior (16-18 years) girls -55kg point fighting section.
At the Bestfighter World Cup held in Rimini, Italy, she came home with a silver and a bronze.
Throughout the year Nesta has been attending a series of tournaments called the CIMAC Superleague up and down the country and, at the end of the year, she earned two grand champions and eight gold medals in total from these series. To top off 2015, Nesta was also handed the Team Blue Blood Athlete of the Year award.