A NEWLY-CROWNED kickboxing world champion swapped the ring for the classroom to teach youngsters in South Tyneside the tricks of the trade.
Lewis Nelson, 20, took time out from celebrating winning a gold medal at the Unified World Martial Arts Games in Tuscany, Italy, to meet sports students at South Tyneside College.
During the session he passed on tips about healthy eating and nutrition, fitness programmes and outlined his dedication to a sport that sees him train for up to three hours a day.
Lewis, of Rodin Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, passed a two-year Level 3 sports diploma at the college in 2012.
The former BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport student, said: “I train very hard and often do two sessions a day at the gym, sometimes running there and back as well.
“It’s been a lifestyle choice for me since just before I turned eight years old.
“I told the students that to be successful they have to be dedicated to what they do and to work very hard.
“I explained to them about my fitness regime and foods I eat.
“I eat a lot of pasta and rice to give me energy and chicken and steaks for protein, and I also like to munch on nuts.
“But I admit, I do like an Indian meal or a pizza at the weekend.
“I enjoyed my two years at the college and the sports course was excellent. It was great to be back.”
Lewis, who is trained by his dad Garry Nelson, at the Kuei-ling Martial Arts Club, in Frederick Street, won gold in the final of the under 81kg full-contact, at the Unified World Martial Arts Games.
He is also the current WKO Commonwealth champion at 72kg, and his other titles include the 2013 WUMA English championships and the Golden Belt British Championships at 72kg.
South Tyneside College’s Rob Grainey, said: “It was great to have Lewis with us to speak to the students about his career.
“Lewis did well on his course at the college and he’s an inspiration to others to follow. He was able to give excellent tips and advice about the dedication needed to become the best.
“All at the college wish him the very best for every challenge that lies ahead.”