I am back from Paris and to continue my great week, as I was named ASDA Athlete of the month for November, I travelled to Paris on Friday and competed on Sunday and achieved one of the major targets, I had set for the year which was to have a podium finish at an â€œAâ€ Class (a World/European ranking event).
Due to the Olympic Weight categories used in the French Open I had to fight at -55Kg instead of -51Kg and had a strong international field of 46 players to compete against. I had four very hard fights and lost in the semi-final against Croatia to earn my first International Overseas â€œAâ€ Class podium finish and a Bronze medal, my result of the year.
Master Peter Adamson from Doncaster coached me, so a big thanks to Master Peter and I travelled with my Chi team mate Elliot Coatsworth. Chi had our own One 2 One competition so my Chi coaches were all coaching at Spennymoor.
My sister and brother fought at the Chi One 2 One at Spennymoor Leisure centre and Simone won her fight and Scott lost a close fight 11-10 against a student from Bristol University.
The roads were bad when we travelled from Spennymoor to Newcastle airport but we got there easy. On the way back from Paris the airplane was over an hour late taking off and it took over two hours to drive from the airport back to Spennymoor.
We are travelling to Stansted today to fly to Stuttgart on Friday to compete in the Park Pokal competition. My brother Scott is coming with us and we are hoping we get to the airport ok and that the plane will take off.
This is my last competition of the year and we are planning to meet up with lots of people and end the year on a high with strong performances in Germany. I will be back down in weight and playing at -51Kg.
Next week on Saturday (11th Dec) we have the Chi Christmas Party and presentation night, were seven of the Chi Taekwondo fight team are selected to compete against a GB select team. This is normally a good night and the majority of people from Chi meet up. The Chi demo team will also be performing on the night and the food will be provided by the Kilnrooms (I will not be working lol).
I am planning to have a couple of days off over the Christmas weekend, but with a busy 2011 planned I will be training as normal over the Christmas holidays and will be back in full time training by the 27th December preparing for the US Open.
So a big thanks ASDA for naming me Athlere of the month and I am just so pleased to win the -55Kg Bronze in my first year as a junior in the French Open.