Taekwondo starlet Holly Wray has sights set on future Olympic Games

THE London Games have come just a few years too soon for a talented Merseyside taekwondo star – but Holly Wray already has her sights firmly set on future Olympics in 2016 and beyond.


WTF taekwondo is the only style of the Korean martial art that is recognised by the International Olympic Committee

And the 10-year-old from Wirral is one of this country’s rising stars in the sport.


Holly, who attends St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary School in Birkenhead, has been training in WTF taekwondo for four years.
She trains at the Taekwondo Academy Liverpool in Tuebrook under the watchful eye of her stepfather and instructor Master Pete Hankin fifth Dan.


He said: “Holly has managed to attain so much over the last four years with her greatest achievements yet to come.

“She was continued to dominate her current weight and age group both here in the UK and also in Europe with her most recent European win being the Belgium A-Class tournament.”

At the start of this year Holly cemented a place on the Great Britain cadet team based in Manchester in preparation for the Cadet European Championships in 2013.


In February, Holly took part in the 37th European Children’s Taekwondo Championships hosted by Grand Master Soo Nam Park in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Despite Holly being one of the youngest competitors in her weight and age division she managed to strike gold.

Added her coach: “This is such a great achievement for Holly. She has worked very hard and taken very important scalps on her rise to being the top seeded player for her age and weight group in this country.


“We found out only very recently that due to her winning over in Germany that she has been selected to represent GB at the first-ever World Children’s Taekwondo Championships later this August in South Korea.

“I feel that she is going from strength to strength and could well be in line for a place at the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games.”

Holly is currently training alongside her GB Cadet teammates, six of them who also practice at the Liverpool Taekwondo Academy six times a week.

Holly’s next competition is next month when she takes part in the Dutch Masters in Rotterdam.



Source: Liverpool Echo.co.uk





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