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Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members win seven medals at Taekwondo Association of Great Britain Championships in Worcester

Tomas O'Prey outdid his mum Elaine as they helped Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do enjoy a hugely successful time at the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain Championships.

They were part of a 14-strong squad that travelled to the Worcester University Arena, with 1,300 students from across the country in action.

Tomas O'Prey bagged gold in the boys' middleweight division and silver in green belt middleweight sparring, while Elaine took bronze in ladies' executive green belt sparring.

Some of the Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members at the British Championships (22857021)
Some of the Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members at the British Championships (22857021)

Also claiming gold for the club, which trains at Birchwood High School on Tuesdays and Parsonage Community Hall on Saturdays, was Michalis Benson in boys' middleweight sparring.

Other silver medals were secured by Puneet Patel, who was taking part in his first competition, in men's yellow belt welterweight sparring and eight-year-old Alex Ion, who was the club's youngest representative, as he just missed out on gold in close blue belt pee wee final.

Also taking home a bronze medal was Christine Abbott (ladies' black belt lightweight sparring), while Alice Roffey narrowly missed out on bronze in a patterns play-off.

The other Stortford & Epping students competing were fourth dan and coach Colin Mowatt, Callum Dodd, Paul Roffey, Jodie Roffey, Jackie Fletcher, Adam Rooze and Gabriel Ion. Jo Anderson was one of the officials.

"It was a fantastic effort by everyone who competed," said Mowatt. "Medal or not, you really do learn a lot by competing and putting yourself under pressure.

"If I had to single out anyone it would be eight-year-old Alex - a natural fighter who is going to be one to watch for the future."

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