British Taekwondo is delighted to announce the Great Britain Para-Poomsae team that will compete at the World Para-Poomsae Championships at the Copper Box in London on Thursday 19th October.
After a tough selection process, the following team has been announced to represent Great Britain.
GB Para-Poomsae Team – London 2017
- Bradley Brockies (Yong Gi) P20 Junior Male
- Megan Clements (Aquila) P20 U30 Female
- Rajinder Chatha (LTA) P20 +31 Male
- Samantha Carrington (Kang Han) P33 U30 Female – Team Captain
- Francesca Pivaro (Unite) P34 Junior Female
- Ben Savage (Unite) P34 U30 Male
Head Coach – Gemma Biescas
Para Coach – Russell Watkinson
Para Coach – Terry Cooper
Bradley Brockies, Russell Watkinson, Megan Clements, Francesca Pivaro, Rajinder Chatha, Samantha Carrington (Team Captain), Ben Savage, Gemma Biescas, Terry Cooper
THE GB WORLD PARA-POOMSAE TEAM IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Bradley Brockies (Yong Gi) P20 Junior Male
My name is Bradley. I am 13 years old and live in Kent with my Mum, Dad and my cat Charlie. I am currently in Year 9 at school and getting ready to choose my options.
I have been doing Taekwondo for 5 years and I have been at my current club, Yong Gi Tkd for 4 years. I am a 1st Poom Black belt and I am hoping to take my 2nd Poom soon.
My hobbies apart from Taekwondo include editing photos and all things aviation. I have an Instagram account for my aviation photography (@finndog105), and I love flying. I have had two flying lessons so far and my hope is to become an airline pilot.
Megan Clements (Aquila) P20 U30 Female
My name is Megan Clements and I am 26 years old. I am more independent now; so knowing some self-defence makes me feel safer when I’m travelling on buses and trains alone. I’ve been training with Aquila Taekwondo for only 1 year so far but I am really enjoying it. Because of Taekwondo I’m much more fit, healthy and have made lots of new friends. My coaches; Terry Cooper and Kuzey Akses have been really helping me get ready for the World Championships and I’m so excited to represent Great Britain.
I live at home with my Mum, Dad and younger brother and I am a volunteer coach at Magpie Dance who are a group that teach Dance classes to children with learning disabilities. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching movies with my boyfriend.
Rajinder Chatha (LTA) P20 +31 Male
I was only 22 years old when I first started Taekwondo. I started Taekwondo for Fitness and self-coordination.
I have been training for the past 23 years since 1994 with master Usman Dildar.
L.T.A is my club and my club instructor is master Yousuf Dildar
I like to use the computer and I like to do lots of reading. My favourite hobbies are football and Formula One My favourite food is KFC chicken and I like to listen to Sinéad O’Connor. My favourite movie is Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee.
If it wasn’t for my parents who have let me practice taekwondo and my academy I wouldn’t be 4th Dan Black belt today.
Are used to have a pet dog called Tyson and are used to take him for a long walk in the mornings.
I love Taekwondo and it’s been my hobby and part of my life since I started in 1994 and one day I want to be a nightstand grandmaster and I’m really really excited about my first ever World Championships.
Samantha Carrington (Kang Han) P33 U30 Female
My name is Samantha Jayne Carrington. I am 30 years old and was born with Hemiplegia a form of Cerebral Palsy and Russell Silvers Syndrome. I started Taekwondo at the age of 18 and this was due to my physiotherapy was stopping as I entered adulthood and I was determined not to lose my physical ability and healthy lifestyle that I had worked all my life for. I have been training for the last 12 years and never looked back. I train at Kang Han Mansfield and Kang Han Hucknall. My instructors are Master Darrell Carrington and Grandmaster Ian Lennox. I am a Primary School Teacher and work in the Foundation Stage Unit at Butler’s Hill Infant & Nursery School in Nottingham. My hobbies and interests are baking, walking in the countryside, swimming and I am also Rainbow Leader. My favourite films are Disney and Bridget Jones’ Baby. My favourite song is Can’t stop the feeling by Justin Timberlake. Favourite food is Chicken, Pasta Bolognese, Lasagne and Sunday dinners. I am so excited about competing for Great Britain and especially in our own Country as it makes it even more special and worthwhile. Taekwondo has gained me flexibility and balance and developed my physical ability ten-fold. I love competing in Poomsae and showing others you can do a martial art like Taekwondo even if you have a disability and inspiring the young children I teach!!! I have lived my life believing anything is possible if you put your mind to it. If someone tells me I cannot do something I will do my utmost to prove them wrong and achieve this. (i.e. My parents were told when I was 10 months old I might never walk but they were determined I would and did everything they could to help me achieve this) I love training hard to develop my technique and skills to become the best I can be. I am also extremely proud to be the Para Team Captain for the GB Squad.
Francesca Pivaro (Unite) P34 Junior Female
14-year-old Francesca lives in Formby, she has been training at Unite Martial Arts Academy for 5 years gaining her black belt last year. Francesca had the privilege of representing Great Britain in 2016 at the European Para Poomsae competition in Poland, where she won a silver medal. She has also competed in many National Competitions winning 7 gold medals.
Francesca is in year 10 at Formby High School were she promotes sport as a silver sports ambassador.
Ben Savage (Unite) P34 U30 Male
Hi my name is Ben, I am 18 years of age I live with my mum, sister and brother
I was born with a condition called NF1 (Neurofibromatosis) and have moderate learning difficulties.
I started taekwondo at 14.5 years old being doing it now for 3.5 years. My sister Emma got me into it as I was having trouble joining other clubs. My club is called Unite Marital Arts in Southport. My coach is called Master Dan Thomas and my Poomsae coach is Russell Watkinson.
When I started my dream was to achieve 1st Dan which I achieved in March of this year.
I go to Southport college now in my 3rd year doing life skills.My other hobbies are playing x box listening to all kinds of music & have also achieved bronze & Silver in DOE.
I have a dog called Fudge who loves playing most of the time. Two sisters Emma & Jessica (older sisters) and a younger brother Johnathan and also two nieces Bella and Elsa.
I love doing Taekwondo 4 times a week, being part and an amazing club without them I wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance and support.
Being part of the Para GB Squad team is an honour that I am excited and proud to be a part of. I’m delighted to be competing in the World Poomsae Championships 2017 in London and it’s going to be a lifetime experience for me and one that I will never forget. I hope I do my team, club, family, friends and hometown proud and to thank them for all their support.