Horizons broadening for taekwondo clubs

Ellie Bowden on her way to a third straight gold

Quest Taekwondo members with their medals from the British International Open

First published in Sport

BRADFORD area clubs shone at the British International Open in Buckinghamshire, which attracted 400 competitors from as far afield as Belgium, Sweden, Holland and Malta.

Quest Taekwondo took eight members and won three gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, while Horizon Taekwondo Academy finished a superb second place out of 70 teams.

Great Britain development squad member Jacob Barnett, from Baildon, earned himself one of Quest's three golds, while 11-year-old Liam Burdock of Silsden took a silver.

Barnett, 18, said: "I am pleased with my performance. I’ve been working hard and it was good to get some more ring time before my next major competition, which is the British National Championships in September."

Horizon fielded a youth team (aged seven to 17) and came back with a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Ellie Bowden of Cullingworth bagged a third straight gold after successes at the Liverpool Open and Dewsbury Open.

The Parkside School pupil managed to knock out both opponents in the second round and the Great Britain development squad member seems almost unbeatable domestically.

Only a golden point denied Bradford teenager Hannah Perry another gold.

The 13-year-old lost in the final of the +59kg cadet female group when the score finished at 7-7 after three rounds.

Perry knocked out her first opponent in the third round of the semi-final with a straight turning kick to the head with her left leg. But she struggled with her final opponent's aggressive approach until her game-plan was changed in the third round.

There she picked up five points to level at 7-7, only for her opponent to bag victory in the golden-point deciding round.

Charlotte Banks of Silsden picked up another silver medal, losing narrowly in the final of her -63kg junior group, while

Baildon's Adam Cassere showed further improvement with an impressive performance before losing 5-4 in his quarter-final.

Horizon's other medal came from Harrogate 17-year-old Thomas Henley, who demolished his quarter-final opponent in the senior -80kg group – winning 31-13 against a Scottish rival – but had to pull out of his semi-final bout against a Maltese player due to injury.

Other Horizon quarter-finalists were Luke Cassere, Jamie Simpson-Kidd, Gary Watt and McCorley Perry.

The club run classes in Silsden, Keighley, Cottingley and Baildon.

Heading up Quest's team was chief instructor Mike McKenzie, seventh dan, who is also development officer for British Taekwondo.

Anyone interested in joining Quest can contact him on 07938-949923.

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