Kamil Ciemnieswski, from Gloucester, had the wrestling world at his feet before his death on February 25
BUDDING young wrestler Kamil Ciemnieswski was on his way to superstardom.
But his young life was cut short two weeks ago.
The former St Peter's High School pupil from Gloucester was rushed to hospital on Thursday, February 21 – his 16th birthday.
He died in hospital four days later.
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The tragic events unfolded just as Kamil was set to make his long-anticipated leap into the world of adult wrestling, having trained at the ProEvo training academy, based at the Morelands Trading Estate, for the past three years.
Those who knew him best were predicting big things for Kamil, originally from Krakow in Poland, and his death has left a huge void with all who knew him.
The academy's promoter, known as Robbo, said: "He was like a son to me.
"He used to train three nights a week, he would help deliver leaflets, he would come to the shows – I spent a lot of time with him.
"The Tuesday before, he was at training and he was all smiles as usual and he said he was really looking forward to his birthday and getting the bumps at training, and also his mum was throwing him a party on the Saturday." He added: "He showed a lot of potential as a wrestler, he could have made it in the big time for sure.
"He was really excited about turning 16 so he could perform at the adult shows.
"He was the politest young man you could ever wish to meet."
Meanwhile, Roy Harley, manager at ProEvo, said: "There's no doubt in my mind that Kamil would have been a champion.
"He was extremely acrobatic and could do all the head flips and things. Everybody was looking forward to seeing him step up."
Kamil's first wrestling show would have been on April 6 at the Capital Venue, in Waterwells, which is now being held as a tribute show to Kamil. Wristbands with the word Dench (which Kamil used to say – meaning "good") Kamil and R.I.P. on are being sold for £2 each.
His funeral is being held at St Peter's Church, in London Road, on Tuesday at 2.30pm.
People are asked to wear colourful clothes.
For tickets to the wrestling show call 01452 223214.