Course: Product and Industrial Design
How did you first get involved in your sport?
I started Taekwondo when I had just turned six years old. There was a demonstration at primary school which I enjoyed and I persuaded my parents to let me give it a go. Through lower school I never really had a burning passion to compete for the club and considered quitting on several occasions. Ironically one of the tenets of Taekwondo is perseverance, something I am grateful for now. I slowly began to fall back in love with the sport and started competing. Within a couple of years I began training with the England squad, now with a record of 12-0 in men’s middleweight division.
What is a typical week for you?
Training can vary from a couple of sessions a week up to six in the run up to a competition, this will be on top of general strength and conditioning. On occasion weight is either gained or lost to tactically qualify for specific weight divisions. Throughout the year I take part in extra training sessions with the national squad on weekends and leading up to international championship bouts.
What are your greatest sporting achievements?
One of my most memorable sporting achievements must be my first medal at the southern championships, which was only the second time I competed and after a period of 9 months of time off due to another sporting injury. My first medal, my first gold. The greatest sporting achievement would have to be gaining a silver medal at the Taekwondo International World Championships in the heavyweight cadet division (age15-18) in the summer of 2018, I was a younger competitor at age 15. After winning the British and Welsh championships in the run up to the world championship it was quite gutting to come so close in the end, however, this has only lit a fire in my belly to become the men’s light heavyweight world champion. July 2023, watch this space…