Liverpool and Team GB‘s Martin Stamper started taekwondo at the young age of 6, when his mother took him to a local club. He loved it from the first session, however back then the sport wasn’t at its best as it is now. Fifteen years later, he was hotly tipped for a medal at his home Olympics in 2012, and was bitterly disappointed when he lost a close fought bronze medal match to Afghanistan‘s first ever Olympic medallist Rohullah Nikpah.
But, he also describes the Olympics as an amazing experience going out in front of so many people, many carrying the GB flag and chanting his name.
Martin was taking part in a special interactive debate, which posed the question: ‘Can sport empower young people?’, as part of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sporting Day Out visit to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). An expert panel, chaired by Radio 5 live sport presenter and LJMU honorary fellow Steve Parry and including Olympic gold-medallist, Rebecca Adlington, and BBC Radio Merseyside’s Ian Kennedy gave their views before the audience joined the debate.
BBC Radio 5 Live visited Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) as part of their Sporting Day Out, which explored the world of sports broadcasting on BBC radio.
The event, on Thursday, 30 May, saw an audience of young people aged between 16 and 25 years-old take part in a number of workshops held by the BBC, LJMU School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Everton in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation and the UK Dodgeball Association.
The young people tried their hand at a range of activities including sports commentary, TV and radio presenting, handball, sports performance testing, football skills and a penalty shootout.
Stamper has won two Opens so far this year and has qualified for the upcoming World Championships in July and hopes all this will get him to Rio 2016 and get an Olympic medal.