I cannot believe what a busy couple of weeks I have had. Everything is now going at a 100 miles an hour and I donâ€™t have any time to blog etc.
Last Wednesday I attended the ASDA Sporting Chance workshop at St James Park, Newcastle. It was really good to meet all the other athletes in the region and the ASDA Sporting Chance Team and brilliant to hear Chris Tomlinson to speak again. The media team had some really good ideas about using digital media to promote yourself and your sport. I will be using twitter soon!
Next it was back to school on Thursday morning and then a trip to the airport (via Doncaster to pick Kaz and Stella up) for the flight to Hamburg.
We arrived in Hamburg, Friday morning and got collected by Timmo from the German federation who took us to our hotel and made sure we made the early morning weigh-in. We met up with the Great Britain team at the weigh-in and one or two other British teams. After all of us making the weight we went to the supermarket and then to bed for a couple of hours. Later we had something to eat and met up with the BTS team and their coach Gareth Brown who was coaching us this weekend.
We arrived at the venue at 7am on Saturday as BTS had a couple of players who were competing and we were going to support them. Saturday was a funny name as Scott, Stella, Kaz or I was not fighting and we were able to watch the competition. We saw some really good fights and Martin Stamper of Great Britain beat Servet Tazegul of Turkey in a brilliant -68 Kg final. So a day off from fighting and back to the hotel for an early meal and bed.
Sunday saw me have my first fight on ring 8 and I was the third fight of the day which meant and early start again. I played my first game against Belarus National Team and won 12-8.
My second fight was against a Dutch player who has just won the Dutch National Championships and I had a comfortable 6-3 victory.
The next fight was against a Russian player and I unfortunately lost 4-3 and went out of the competition in the quarter finals. Not so good but three good performances and just pipped at the post by the Russian!
Scott played well in his first fight and beat a German player 4-0. He went out the next round against a Russian player 7-2. So we both lost v Russian.
Kaz played against Thailand and I donâ€™t want to say much, except Kaz you were robbed mate and we have the video to prove it!!!!
Stella the best punch I have seen, you made Kebab out of her! Still donâ€™t understand why she was not counted out. Happy Birthday Stella now you are officially an old person (20 years old lol)
To Gareth Brown of BTS Southampton, thank you for the coaching and I am really looking forward to the training camp in Southampton.
We travelled back Sunday night and arrived home early Monday morning. This week I have also been filling in-forms and applying for training camps and also filling in my application to attend the selection camps for the Great Britain Academy.
I have applied to attend a training camp in Korea for three weeks this summer with the WTF at the Kyung Hee University. I hope I get selected as I really enjoyed the last visit I did to Korea and want to be able to train in Korea again.
More importantly I hope I get selected to attend the junior development camps and then get selected to join the Great Britain Academy full-time. If successful I will live and train in Manchester with the Great Britain team and this is one of the big milestones on my path to develop my career in Taekwondo. I am looking forward such much to getting this opportunity, I cannot describe how much it means to me.
And finally congratulations to Master Pete and Adele as their second daughter Elizabeth Amelia was born on Tuesday.
Thatâ€™s all another busy week and I am off to play football with my mates and then to strength and conditioning training with Master Russell at Spennymoor Chi. Big Waz my Dad’s mate is training with us.