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Saoirse Casey-Bond steals show for Bishop’s Stortford Taekwon-do with three-medal haul at English Championships in Worcester

Saoirse Casey-Bond stole the show for Bishop’s Stortford Taekwon-do with a three-medal haul at the English Championships.

The 11-year-old claimed a medal of every colour at the event, organised by the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain, in Worcester.

Competing in the girls’ yellow belt middleweight category, she took gold in team sparring, silver in team patterns and bronze in sparring.

Saoirse Casey-Bond with younger brother Cian Casey-Bond and mum Robyn Bond
Saoirse Casey-Bond with younger brother Cian Casey-Bond and mum Robyn Bond

Her mum Robyn Bond, who competed in ladies’ middleweight, also won a bronze medal in sparring while younger brother Cian Casey-Bond, nine, also took part in boys’ lightweight sparring and patterns.

There were silver medals in both sparring and patterns for 14-year-old Isaac Horwood (boys’ heavyweight) and bronze medals in sparring and team sparring for 11-year-old Joshua Mullender (boys’ red belt pee wee).

Callum Dodd, 18, took part in men’s second dan heavyweight sparring and patterns while Jo Anderson, fourth dan, performed official duties.

“Sending a small team and coming home with four bronze, three silver and one gold was a great achievement and good experience for future events,” said instructor Colin Mowatt, fifth dan.

“Saoirse was the star of the day, picking up a bronze, silver and gold, and also winning our student-of-the-month award for March, but, medal or not, all six did the club proud.”

The club has been training at Parsonage Community Hall in Stortford on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays for the last 18 years and caters for students aged six and above. Unlimited free trial classes are being offered for the whole of April. See www.bstkd.uk.

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