The World Championships are a high point of any junior athlete’s sporting career.
18 youngsters have been selected to represent Great Britain at the prestigious event in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 2020 Junior World Championships will be running from 14th – 18th October and will see a range of British fighters, aged between 15 and 17 years old, going head-to-head with some of the world’s best talent.
Many of them will hope to follow in the footsteps of GB Taekwondo’s current double European Champion, Lauren Williams, European bronze medalist Jordyn Smith and Aaliyah Powell – all of whom have secured gold medals at the Championships before going on to compete as seniors.
The squad line-up most notably includes reigning European Champion, Chloe Roberts (formerly of Maddogs Martial Arts) who said: “I felt so excited when I heard that I’d made it onto the squad, my aim is to go out there and come back with nothing less than gold.”
“Training has been a little different due to lockdown but I’ve stayed committed and kept pushing as much as I can.”
Reigning Junior European Champion, Chloe Roberts trains at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester.
Teammate Erin Shaw (of Central Taekwondo Academy) says, “Training at home has been challenging both mentally and physically due to the restrictions but online zoom sessions have brought a sense of normality. I’m really looking forward to getting back into full contact sparring.”
As for teammate Joshua Tobin (Gajok Taekwondo Academy), he is ecstatic and can’t quite believe the news, “I had just returned from an evening cycle when I found out, having this kind of experience as a 14-year-old is a dream come true!”
Mia Pachansky, who hails from Aquila Taekwondo, added: “Looking at it from a positive angle – being at home has meant that I’ve had more time for individual training, especially the technical side of things. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a family that can do the sport too and have been able to spar with me during this period.”
Caden Cunningham (previously from Quest) said: “Grateful to be selected and happy to represent my country again. My aim is to go for gold, it’s what I’ve been working for in the gym.
“My preparation has been different this time – it’s been much better, as I’m on the senior team now and being in the academy has allowed me to become a world-class performer.”
We are pleased to announce the full list of athletes who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Championships below:
-42 Danya Serry
-44 Phoenix Goodman
-46 Latisha Garbett
-52 Mia Pachansky
-55 Jodie McKew
-59 Erin Shaw
-63 Chloe Roberts
-68 Amy Bone
+68 Emily Brighton
-48 Jamie McIntosh
-51 Jacob Wishart
-55 Joshua Tobin
-59 Elias Asef
-63 Matthew Howell
-68 Daniel Brown
-73 Alfie Walker
-78 Danyaal Butt
+78 Caden Cunningham