Among the travelling party from the Capital are a number of medal-winners from the British Championships at the same venue in November last year, with Marcin Gawryluk (Gracemount) looking to add to his win in the men’s sparring event on his last trip to the English Midlands.
In the cadet category, Lindsay McGowan (Ainslie Park) will aim to augment her medal collection after winning first in sparring and second in patterns on her previous visit to Telford, while her clubmate David Hand will target a repeat of his first place in sparring.
Kerry Laird came second in the women’s sparring and Scott Hughes second in the same discipline at boys level four months ago.
Angus Budge, an instructor who runs Taekwondo classes at Gracemount and other local venues, says that his students will thrive in a competitive environment.
“People, when they compete, they get a lot more out of Taekwondo,” said Budge. “You get people who just want to come and train and go through their belts. In many respects, that’s like learning to swim and never actually going in the water. But, with competing, as well as getting an overall experience of the sport, you find people thrive and get more out of it.”