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Christine Abbott struck gold as Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members bagged a host of medals at the British Championships



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Christine Abbott struck gold as Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members bagged a host of medals at the British Championships.

She became British champion in black belt middleweight sparring as the club returned from Coventry with seven individual medals and five from the team events.

In action for Stortford alongside Abbott were Michael Barford, Alex and Gabriel Ion, Edward Hall, Tom and Cormac O'Prey, Hazel and Jodie Roffey, Mark and Zachary Douglass, Nick Chapman and Suliman Khan as well as Cayden Hudson, Joshua Mullender, Annabelle Murphy, Andile and Nkosi Ncube, Boyan and Georgi Georgiev and Kiara Georgieva.

Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members at the British Championships (53527223)
Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members at the British Championships (53527223)

Jodie Roffey took bronze in ladies' red belt patterns plus a silver in both ladies' red belt sparring and team sparring.

Mark Douglass claimed a bronze in men's sparring and silver in the team sparring while there were also medals for Zach Douglass, Boyan Georgiev and Georgieva in team sparring.

In his very first competition Nkose Ncube won bronze in boys' green belt middleweight in his very first competition.

Tom O'Prey bagged a silver medal in men's welterweight sparring and Alex and Gabriel Ion picked up a sparring bronze and silver respectively in their first competition since achieving their black belts in October.

"Ten of our students were attending their very first competition and all 21 did the club proud," said instructor Colin Mowatt, fifth dan.

"It's always difficult to pick out anyone for special praise, but Alex and Gabriel, competing for the very first time at black belt, impressed not only me but many watching their area."

The club's students, aged between five and 65, train at the Parsonage Community Hall in Stortford on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as in Epping on Thursdays.



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