ELI WATERS' Taleah Delfs will jet to Sweden later this year to defend her world champion Muay Thai title, but she needs your help.
The 16-year-old girl hopes to kick box her way to glory to keep her world champion title that she earned in 2015's International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Royal World Cup in Singapore.
While Taleah can pull a mean move in the 16 to 17-year-old 51kg to 54kg, female fighter bracket, she said the worst injury she has so far inflicted onto an opponent has only been a broken nose.
"Other than that, there is not really any serious injuries that happen," she said.
"I haven't had anything very serious myself, just lots of very sore muscles, a couple of little fractures and strains."
The Fraser Coast champ, who works casual hours at a Hervey Bay cafe on top of her final year studies at Hervey Bay State High School, is now asking the community to dig deep.
She needs to pull together every penny she can to fly to and stay in Sweden for the four-day-long championship event in May.
"Just a little bit goes a long way," she said.
"A lot of people say I am a bit crazy for being a girl that fights, but they are all very supportive of me ," she said.
First documented in Thailand in the mid-1500s
Began as a close combat battlefield fighting skill
Officially codified in the 1930's
Known as the art of eight limbs with use of fists, elbows, knees and shins
To help sponsor Taleah Delfs, phone 0402 338 365.