Belper ready for Robins’ friendly

Medal winners: Mia Swift, ten, Katie Potts, eight and Imogen Pritchard, 13 and instructor Karl Duro.
Medal winners: Mia Swift, ten, Katie Potts, eight and Imogen Pritchard, 13 and instructor Karl Duro.

Three youngsters from Belper Tae Kwon-Do School have won medals at the recent World Tae Kwon-Do Championships.

The event was held at Coventry’s Sky Dome arena over the course of three days and attracted nearly 3,500 students from around the world.

Among the countries competing were the USA, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, The Netherlands and Australia, plus the home countries.

The club’s Karl Duro took along seven competitors to what was a very difficult tournament with many talented individuals involved.

The seven from Belper Tae Kwon-Do School were Lorena Stevenson, Mia Swift, Katie Potts, Tom Rogers, Imogen Pritchard, Bradley Austin and Holi Gurung-Markham.

Of this talented septet, three battled through to win a medal.

They were Katie Potts (eight), who came third in the girls black belt peewee sparring, Mia Swift (ten), who came second in the same division for sparring, and Imogen Pritchard (13), who came first in the girls red belt/black stripe sparring division.

Karl Duro said: “All seven competitors did extremely well under the intense pressure from fellow competitors and the hot weather conditions. The school boasts many championship medals and trophies and is proud to add the worlds to its long list of achievements.”

Katie and Mia have been training since the age of four and Imogen has been training for three years.

This continues a great run of form for the girls. Imogen won at the British Championships in November and the English Championships in March, as well as the North Midlands competition.

Mia also won both patterns and sparring in the girls black belt division in the North Midlands and Katie was second in the sparring.

Tae Kwon-Do is a Korean martial art of self defence.

Mr Duro, a fifth degree black belt, is looking to gain sponsorship for the next major championships, in Switzerland in March. If anyone would like to promote or sponsor the club, or find out more about classes, for four-year-olds up to adults, call Karl Duro on 07946 593363.