A Durham resident has scored big at the recent World Kickboxing Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jason Hinds captured a bronze medal after registering unanimous decisions over fighters from the host country and Kazakhstan. His only loss was to a Turkish opponent in the 147-pound welterweight division that attracted 64 fighters.
A member of the national six-member team that took part in the competition, Hinds is proud of the performance.
“To win a medal at this level is a great achievement because we are competing against the best in the world who, in many instances, have more experience than us,” he said.
Hinds is looking forward to representing Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region.
“That’s my ultimate goal,” he said. “It would be so exciting and fulfilling to perform at home in front of family and friends.”
A graduate of St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Hinds wrestled before turning to kickboxing and Muay Thai which is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
He launched his Muay Thai career four years ago when Pound 4 Pound gym opened in Pickering.