Four promising British athletes enjoyed a ‘bronze bonanza’ at the Junior European Championships in Sarajevo.
Yorkshire teenagers and Ultimate club members Owen Blunt and Latisha Garbett plus Scottish prospects Neve McPhillie and Adele Williamson all achieved podium finishes.
GB Taekwondo Development manager Steve Green said: “Many congratulations to all debutants competing at their first major championship and to the medallists.
“This was always going to be an unpredictable event with limited exposure during the last two years to G1 tournaments and major championships.
“But a bronze ‘bonanza’ signals the junior team knows there is much more work to do on our performances to ensure the results look after themselves.
“We have many promising athletes, and more than half of this current team remain juniors for 2022.
“We will now focus on implementing our training plan leading up to the 2022 Junior World Championships in Sofia next August.”
Owen Blunt earned his medal at -45kg. He said: “My journey has only just started. A bronze medal is my stepping stone to bigger and better things.”
Focus Taekwondo’s Adele Williamson, competing at -68kg, said: “I am overwhelmed and buzzing to have earned myself a bronze medal from the Championships. It is more than I ever imagined.
Neve McPhillie from Elite Martial Arts Academy said after her -59kg medal: “I am beyond delighted to medal in my debut appearance for the GB Development team.
“It was an experience of a lifetime. So, thanks for the opportunity and to everyone supporting me back home.”
Well done to the whole team for some impressive performances after a very challenging year!
Full Team List:
-42kg: Elouise Murray (Doncaster)
-46kg: Phoenix Goodman (Southampton)
-49kg: Latisha Garbett (Doncaster)
-52kg: Mia Pachansky (Bromley)
-55kg: Jodie McKew (Dollingstown, Northern Ireland)
-59kg: Neve McPhillie (East Kilbride)
-63kg: Beth Christy (Wrexham)
-68kg: Adele Williamson (Elgin)
+68kg: Amy Bone (Willington Crook)
-45kg: Owen Blunt (Doncaster)
-51kg: Zack Sarsoza (Fulham)
-55kg: Kevin Booth (Liverpool)
-59kg: Jacob Fairhead (Farnham)
-63kg: Josh Tobin (Burscough)
-68kg: Elias Asef (Manchester)
-78kg: Danyaal Butt (Glasgow)