Carly wins Bronze at European Taekwondo Championships
First-year Computer Science student Carly Wilson won a Bronze Medal at the European Taekwondo Championships which took place in Poland earlier this month.
Carly won her medal in the 2nd Dan Patterns section, a significant achievement, given that the judgement of Patterns is particularly gruelling.
Carly will now concentrate on taking her exams, before beginning training for further competitions over the summer, as part of the Senior England team. Later in the summer she is also going to Spain for a four nations tournament involving Portugal, Spain, Germany and England, then spending time in training and competitions in readiness for the World Cup in Italy in October.
Taekwondo originated in Korea as a martial art and combat sport. Its popularity – it is now the most popular martial art in the world in terms of number of practitioners – has resulted in the sport developing in different ways. World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is an Olympic sport which is sparring-based with full contact. International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), which is Carly’s sport, is a more traditional style, with semi-contact in matches.