British Taekwondo is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 ‘Caroline Facer Memorial Trophy’ – Jodie McKew from Horizon Taekwondo Academy.
Jodie 14 from Belfast, was nominated by her family.
Jodie is in her 2nd year as a member of the GB Development Squad, and her dedication passion for the sport cannot go unnoticed. Jodie travels solo from Belfast to Manchester at least three times a month to attend all her training sessions. All of Jodie’s expenses are self-funded, and her family are continually trying to fundraise to support her dream. With her commitment and support she has gone from strength to strength this year achieving the following accolades:
- Gold Medalist at World Ranking Dutch Open G1
- Gold Medalist at Luxembourg Open G1
- British National Champion 2018
- Gold Medalist Representing GB at Croatia Open G1
- Captained Female GB Cadets Team at European Championships in Spain
Stuart Facer (Caroline’s husband) chose Jodie as he believes that her story and her journey captures some of Caroline’s owns determination and hardworking values. ‘I found Jodie’s story so inspirational when I read it. Someone so young travelling to England week in, week out to fulfil her dreams of becoming a champion one day is just incredible. She is a worthy winner of the Caroline Facer Award, and I wish her and her family all the best for the future.’
Sarah Stevenson Jennings MBE – President – ‘There were so many nominations to choose from this year, and I am sure Stuart had such a hard job in choosing a winner, thank you to everyone who took the time to send in all the remarkable stories for us to read and be inspired by. For me, Jodie is a natural leader to many young people out there already and deserves this prestigious award. Jodie was the female team captain this year at the Cadet European Championships in Spain, chosen by her fellow teammates. She was a great captain to all of the team, she always sets a high standard of professionalism and performs to her very best in everything she does. Congratulations Jodie, you truly deserve to be crowned the winner of this year’s award.
Jodie McKew – ‘I am honoured to receive this fantastic award. I would like to say a big thank you to Stuart Facer and British Taekwondo for choosing me I feel very special. Thank you to all who have supported me on my journey so far ! This is an excellent way to finish off a great year’.
Jodie’s goal is to represent Great Britain at the Olympics Games, she is loving her Taekwondo journey with the Development Squad and is more determined with every competition to push herself right to the top. With Jodie’s attitude and passion, she is a true inspiration to the younger generation progressing through the sport.
The Caroline Facer Memorial Trophy was introduced by British Taekwondo earlier this year in memory of one of the countries most successful and inspirational players – Caroline Facer. Caroline sadly passed away in May aged 34. The trophy will be presented each year to a member who fits what Caroline stood for, and the recipient will also receive £1000 to go towards competition and travel.
CAROLINE FACER 1983-2017
The Caroline Facer Memorial Trophy Winners:
2017 – Mollie Schofield (BTS)
2018 – Jodie McKew (Horizon Taekwondo Academy)