GB Taekwondo Performance Director, Gary Hall couldn’t be prouder for the resent success of the GB Squad at the ETU European Championships in Azerbaijan, he describes Britain’s performance as “stunning” in a inteview publishe in GB Taekwondo official web site.
Hall’s Manchester trained squad return from Baku with seven medals, including a first major championship title for Liverpudlian Bianca Walkden.
However, he won’t allow the team to rest on its laurels, especially with a second home World Grand Prix tournament taking place in Manchester from October 24-26.
But after last year’s World Championship disappointments in Mexico, Hall has seven reasons to be cheerful.
“It’s good to see the team bounce back from the Worlds,” he agreed. “We were so close to three or four medals but came away with none.
“Athletes and staff have worked really hard since then and they’ve turned it around. To get so many medals in Baku, our best ever performance, is really stunning.
“And it wasn’t just all about our established performers. This time we’ve had a number of new major medal winners.
“Young Asia (Bailey) was fantastic on day one while Ruebyn Richards went so close on the final day, denied a place in his final only on the referees’ verdicts.
“Andy Deer, like Ruebyn another Fighting Chance graduate, and Damon Sansum, fought so well. But Bianca’s gold was a particular highlight and it was great to see her win her first major title.
“Obviously we would like to have won more gold medals but this sport really is about fine margins.
“How to convert bronze and silver medals into gold is something we will take back to the Academy and work on ahead of the Grand Prix series.
“But all in all it’s been a championship full of positives for GB,” said proud Hall.