Congratulations to Finlay O’Connor who has won a silver medal in recent tae kwon do Open English Championships. Finlay is now training with his club’s England squad and preparing to take his black belt next month.
He started the sport, which originated in South Korea, five years ago. Points are awarded for different kicks and punches, depending on where they land, and judges watch each bout to tally up the score. The Open English championship, which took place in Derby, was the highest graded competition that Finlay has taken part in so far.
He said: ‘I had about three bouts, they were all really good. My opponents were the same belt as me and all about the same age. It felt good to win the medal. I came quite close to getting a gold but my opponent was a bit better than me. Tae kwon do is all about respect and discipline. It is good for fitness because I train twice a week or three times a week with my club and also train with the GT England squad once a month. Tae kwon do is all about tactics and discipline, not being too aggressive but not being passive either.’