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Kickboxer teen 'scarred for life'
A MAN whose son was scarred for life when a kickboxing stunt went horribly wrong says he still does not feel he has got justice, despite a five-figure pay-out.
Stephen Ward-Brennan said he was still haunted by the shocking accident involving his 18-year-old son Kane at Drew Neal’s Lighthouse Kickboxing School, Kidderminster.
He told how Kane, who was 13 at the time, broke both of his arms after losing his footing when he was told to jump up and kick a pad held by an instructor standing on a chair.
The Stourport family have recently received £10,000 after a civil court found the kickboxing club liable but Mr Ward-Brennan said he was still furious his son had been left scarred.
Drew Neal, of the Stourport Road club, said, however, he had taught the skill many times, adding “unfortunately my instructions were not adhered to by Kane”.
Stephen said: “I’m still angry because he’s scarred for life and his arms are a bit of amess.
“[Kane] was 13 in an adults class. The instructor was stood on a chair, telling him to jump up and kick a pad. He shouldn’t have been standing on a chair.
“[Kane] suffered two broken arms and had to have operations on them. The scars up his arms are unbelievable and he had to have plates put in.”
He added that despite the court finding the club liable eight weeks ago, he still did not feel his family had received justice.
“We’re still not very happy about it,” he explained. “I think Kane’s OK but I’m not. He’s my son and his arms are in a right mess.”
Mr Neal explained he had visits from risk assessors and health and safety representatives over the four years, who were “completely satisfied with the school and the procedures in place”.
He described Kane as a very competent kickboxer.
“I have been involved in martial arts for almost 30 years and have taught and helped thousands of individuals all over the world and I am proud of what I have achieved with them in this sport,” he said.
He added it was difficult for coaches and instructors to predict every eventuality, even when people were given clear instructions.
“As a participant myself I understand the frustration of injury from doing something you love. I have sustained many throughout my career so I can empathise with Kane, as, although he is fully recovered, he may not wish to do kickboxing again, which is a shame, as he had developed a lot and had potential. I wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”
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