GB Taekwondo’s Paralympic campaign starts tomorrow……………. and everyone at British Taekwondo wishes our 3 Paralympic stars the best of luck in their quest for Paralympic medals.
Beth Munro is the first up – competing on Friday 3rd September in the women K44 -58kg division.
27-year-old Munro is a former netball player who turned to javelin to pursue her Paralympic dream.
Initially scouted by Disability Sport Wales, the Liverpudlian was asked to attend regular training sessions in Cardiff which eventually resulted in her taking up Taekwondo.
The rest is history and the newcomer has taken the transfer in her stride by securing gold at her first international competition, the 2021 European Qualification tournament.
To find out more about Beth go to www.gbtaekwondo.co.uk/para_athletes/beth-munro/
Amy Truesdale is next – competing on Saturday 4th September in the women K44 +58kg division.
Amy has had quite the impressive medal tally over the years and is best known for her World Championship wins in 2014 and 2017.
She is also the current World number 1
The Chester-born athlete was initially encouraged to take up the martial art by her dad for self-defence alongside her sister, Chloe.
Before receiving National Lottery funding and joining the World Class Performance Programme full time, Truesdale had a brief stint in retail and was also a coach in the TAGB style of the sport.
Amy is a keen advocate for disability sport and has made it her mission to raise awareness.
To find out more about Amy go to: http://www.gbtaekwondo.co.uk/para_athletes/amy-truesdale/
Joseph Lane also competes on Saturday 4th September in men’s K44 +75kg division.
Joseph was inspired to compete when it was announced that Taekwondo would become a Paralympic sport, and has previously medalled at the Kim un yong International Para Taekwondo Open and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.
He got his Paralympic chance very late in the day, as a last minute replacement for the injured Matt Bush, who we all wish a speedy recovery.
To find out more about him go to http://www.gbtaekwondo.co.uk/para_athletes/joseph-lane/
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though there is live coverage or live streaming for the Para Taekwondo event – so please look out for news on Beth’s progress on social media and highlight updates on Channel 4 throughout the next few day.
Preliminary rounds are expected to begin at 2am BST, with matches through our morning. Catch the Paralympics on Channel 4.
Good luck to all three athletes – they are already champions to us!