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Winona Makanji, the girl from Arnold who is hoping to become a WWE wrestling superstar

The young wrestler first made her debut on the amateur wrestling circuit back in December 2017 and competes under the name of 'Kanji'.

A young wrestler from Arnold is hoping to pin down a regular place in the WWE line up after trials in London.

Winona Makanji was one of only 18 female wrestlers from across Europe to be invited to the WWE U.K. Performance Centre in North London for a tryout earlier this month.

After wowing judges, Winona was invited to make her WWE debut at the recent Download Festival in Leicester where a mini-tournament is held each year.

PICTURED: Winona Makani (IMAGE: Tony Knox Photography)

Following her recent debut, she is now hoping to feature more regularly in WWE competitions.

Winona has now been competing as a wrestler for two years, making her debut in the ring back in December 2017.

She competes under the name of ‘Kanji’.

Winona’s mother, Zara Hayes, said she is very proud of her daughter’s achievements.

She told Gedling Eye: “Winona has achieved all of this purely by working hard and following her dream of becoming the UK’s best female wrestler.

“She managed to wowed the officials of WWE after just three days of training with them.

(PHOTO: Tony Knox)

“Not only has she achieved all this in wrestling, she also put herself through university twice and then graduated as an ‘outstanding’ teacher.”

Winona started to seriously follow her dream of becoming a professional wrestler following the tragic death of her father.

Zara said: “Sadly, whilst at university she lost her father to a sudden cardiac death. This wasn’t expected as he was still very young. But she pushed on.

“Her one regret is her that her dad never got to see her wrestle as he was the one who introduced her to the sport when she was still a small child.”

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Zara now hopes her daughter’s success will help inspire youngsters in Arnold, who have got a bad press recently after a spate of antisocial incidents in the town.

She said: “With all the bad press surrounding young people in the area involved in antisocial behaviour and youth violence, here’s one young person who is shining bright not just for the UK, but also for Arnold.”

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