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Tamworth’s Andrew Deer, a member of the GB Talent 2012 programme, won his first senior medal today picking up Bronze at the Trelleborg Open in Sweden. Deer had three victories in the Senior -80kg competition before losing narrowly 7 – 8 to Germany’s Sebastian Lehmann in the Semi-Final.


Other British interest in the competition ended early with first round exits for Aaron Cook, Sophie Dickson and Kieron Briggs but it was Deer who grabbed the headlines as he gave further evidence of Britain’s emerging talent in the Olympic sport. One of five graduates who came through the ‘Fighting Chance’ programme, a talent search initiative that attracted over 1,000 applicants from a wide range of number of martial arts and combat sports, Deer took up the chance to begin training full-time at the British Taekwondo Academy in Manchester and has not looked back since.
Deer said: “I learned a lot from my first senior competition at the French Open last year and from training with the Academy athletes. I am really pleased with my improved performance in what is a still a new code of Taekwondo for me. I’ve got to thank my coaches and the team, not to mention my family and the support they have given me.”
Gary Hall, Sport Taekwondo UK’s Performance Director said: “I’m delighted for Andrew who fully deserved his medal and he came so close to reaching the Final. He’s worked really hard to make the transition to OIympic Taekwondo and after Damon’s recent bronze in Paris, its further proof that whatever code you currently practice, if you have the talent then you also have the chance to succeed in our sport.”
Great Britain Results:
– 80kg: Andrew Deer
lost to Sebastian Lehmann (GER) 7-8, Semi-final
– 80kg: Aaron Cook
lost to Bashir Adam (GER) 0-1, 1st Round
– 58kg: Kieron Briggs, 
lost to Ron Atias (ISR) 3-10, 1st Round
– 55kg: Sophie Dickson 
lost to Anna-Lena Froeming (GER) 1-8, 1st Round