In a personal letter the NAKMAS National Chair, Joe Ellis wrote:
"I would like to congratulate you on being named the very first recipient of the NAKMAS Star Award.
The NAKMAS Star Award recognises outstanding abilities and dedication within the martial arts, and your instructor Emil and NAKMAS are very proud of you, for what you have achieved within the martial arts.
Through your regular training since the age of 3, you have developed and become a very talented and successful tournament competitor, not only within the United Kingdom, but overseas as well, and you must be very proud of yourself. Your successes have proven that with regular, constant and dedicated training, Kickboxing and the martial arts can be highly beneficial and rewarding; your achievements have proven how rewarding martial arts training can be through regular commitment.
Up and down the country, thousands of NAKMAS members train at recognised and accredited classes to develop skills that will see them become disciplined and well-developed individuals which will carry them right through their lives. The NAKMAS Star Award is a small thank you, on behalf of NAKMAS, in recognition of your outstanding abilities and dedication".