Final training for Sweden was completed this weekend with a tough session on Sunday in Doncaster. I am now ready and only going to be doing light training this week.
This week has been quite busy (already) as I have been to Durham and had an interview for Gilesgate Sport College and have been accepted on the Sports Course to do the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma for next year. The course I will be doing covers fitness training, coaching and sports development. It is a two year course and will include work experience in a sports environment.
I am going to be â€œlive â€œon the Radio this week on Wednesday night at 7 pm on the Half Time Sports Show with the presenter Alan King on Bishop FM (Bishop FM 105.9). Scott and Simone are coming with me and Alan is going to ask us questions about Taekwondo and how we got started in Taekwondo and what our aims are. Will update you all next week about the radio and hopefully you can listen in as it is available on the internet as well as normal radio!
On Thursday night Scott and I will be travelling to Stansted Airport to catch the (Friday) early morning flight to Copenhagen. From Copenhagen we will then take the train to Malmo, travelling over The Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden. We then catch a bus to Trelleborg. We are both weighing in on Friday and will be competing on Saturday. It is really strange as this will be my first competition of the year and normally I would have had a least one warm-up competition in the UK. The standard looks really high and there is 30 fighters in my group of who 17 have represented their country at major tournaments (either European or World Championships). I am still one of the youngest (in fact I am second youngest with only a Croatian younger than me). The players come from all over world and there are even members of the Chinese and Iranian National Team in my weight category.
Plans are moving forward for my Charity Night to be held at Bistro Fifty 3 in Spennymoor and we have the date confirmed as Sunday 27th March and have the menus and tickets. If anybody is interested in coming along please get in touch with either the restaurant or leave a message and we will get back to you. It should be a good night as the food is great at Bistro Fifty 3 and they are planning to do a quiz and hold a raffle. The money raised will be used to pay for training camps in preparation for the National Championships. Chris Thompson of Bistro Fifty 3 can be contacted on 01388 815200.
I will update you all when I get back from Sweden but really looking forward to competing in Sweden and will be working really hard to produce a couple of good performances and a podium finish.