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Martin Stamper


DATE OF BIRTH: August 21, 1986


BASED: Manchester

WEIGHT: -68kg

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY: I was bored as young kid and when I was six my mum took me to a local club and I was hooked straight away.

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED: Table tennis and football. I had to play centre back but I wanted to go on the right wing.

HONOURS: 2001 European Junior silver, 2008 European Senior silver, eight times British champion; two as junior, six as senior, US Open gold, German Open gold, World Senior bronze.

AMBITION: To medal at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea and to qualify and medal at London 2012.

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN: Sir Steve Redgrave because he has the best achievement of  any British Olympian. As a fighter, Paul Green, because what he could do in the ring was amazing.

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO: When it first became an Olympic sport, taekwondo probably looked boring to spectators.

Players with lots of experience would only try and go for single points. But the rules have changed and there are a lot more younger competitors who go to score heavily. And competition now is so much more open than when only one or two people would win all the time. 

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT: I would retire-only joking. I rent a house with my girlfriend Amy and our four-month-old daughter, Ava. So, I would like enough money to make sure Ava is settled for life. 

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT MARTIN STAMPER:  I want to become a professional poker player after I've retired and spent some time coaching.