Quest Taekwondo's "Elite" athletes train with Great Britain's "Elite" athlete Sarah Stevenson
7 Quest Taekwondo members from Bradford, Silsden, Settle and Penistone had a unique experience last weekend when they trained with Olympic sensation Sarah Stevenson at the Manchester Academy.
Karl Harris (11, Cottingley), Jake Barnett (16, Baildon), Liam Burdock (10, Silsden), Jamie Kidd (10, Silsden), and Harriet Akeroyd (16, Settle) are all Taekwondo athletes with Quest Taekwondo in Bradford and Keighley. Coach Rick Simpson (Silsden) recognised their excellent progress and successes in sparring competitions in 2012 and invited them to a unique training session with Great Britain's most decorated Taekwondo talent, Sarah Stevenson. Daniel Moody (11, Penistone) and Luke Jones (11, Penistone) also attended from the Quest Penistone Venue.
Stevenson, 29 from Doncaster, is an Elite Taekwondo Athlete and part of the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) at the Great Britain Academy in Manchester. Her successes, story and presence is such that she is Great Britain's idol for many Taekwondo athletes, having competed in Olympic Games 4 times (winning Bronze in 2008), and she is also a 4-time European Champion and 2-time World Champion at Senior level.
The training session was open to all upcoming Taekwondo athletes from across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and was attended by approximately 40 talented Taekwondo athletes from ages 10-19. The session covered strength and conditioning, tactics, technical and sparring drills.
At the closing ceremony of the training session, awards were presented by Steve Jennings (Great Britain coach), Sarah Stevenson and Martin Stamper (Great Britain National Team and London 2012 4th place competitor) for those who had impressed the most... and Quest Taekwondo amazingly picked up 4 of these awards - through Jamie Kidd, Liam Burdock, Harriet Akeroyd and Jake Barnett.
In order left to right: Luke Jones (Penistone), Jamie Kidd (Silsden), Harriet Akeroyd (Settle), Sarah Stevenson, Liam Burdock (Silsden), Jake Barnett (Baildon), Karl Harris (Cottingley) and Daniel Moody (Penistone).
Great Britain coach Steve Jennings (pictured with Mike Mckenzie) added
The Sarah Stevenson Inspires workshops are an ideal way of preparing yourself for training with the Great Britain Academy - either at Cadet (12-13), Junior (14-17) or Senior (18+) level. I'm really impressed with the standard of Great Britain's upcoming athletes.
Sarah Stevenson herself personally quoted
I would like to thank both the Instructors and members of Quest Taekwondo for their support at my recent Inspires Workshops. Coaches Rick Simpson & Master McKenzie do an amazing job with their team and it is great to see them all progressing. Quest attended with 7 of their members and 4 of them went away with awards for being my 'Stars of the day' I really hope that they enjoyed the workshop, learnt a lot and went away inspired. I am looking forward to seeing how the 7 of them progress over the coming months and also how they develop in the future.
16 year old Jake Barnett from Baildon was recently inducted into the Great Britain Junior Development team, and will be training there this weekend with the brightest talents in Great Britain, including club mate Natasha Burdock, 14 from Silsden.