Deer doesn’t attract the same headlines as some of his GB Taekwondo training partners but has regularly featured at the business end of tournaments during 2014.
A bronze medal from the European Championship in Azerbaijan-host country for next year’s inaugural European Games- sits neatly alongside his recent Commonwealth title from Edinburgh. Deer, 27, also delivered podium finishes in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
“I would liked to have changed the colour of some of the medals I have won,” he admits. “But my perfornances have been good and I am happy.
“I am already looking forward to next year’s World Championships. Winning the Commonwealth title was great,” confirmed Deer who struck gold with victory over experienced Canadian, Eloi Paradis-Deschenes.
“But it was also good because the things I had practiced in training came off. So, it was win-win.
“I am going into this weekend with the same mindset and the same plan. It’s a new G1 (ranking) tournament so we are all excited about going out there.
“There will be abundance of -74kg players over there so it will be good for me to go and test the waters against them.
“After winning the Commonwealth title I’m looking to get a further 10 ranking points and finish on a high. I have had a good year. I am happy where my performances are going. I just need to keep pushing.”
Beijing Olympian and former European champion and World silver medallist, Michael Harvey, was initially selected at -68kg but has withdrawn following injury in last weekend’s French Open.
Olympic champion Jade Jones, London 2012 bronze medallist, Lutalo Muhammad, and 2014 European bronze medallist, Mahama Cho, have flown to Mexico in preparation for the World Grand Prix series final on December 3-4. The tournament features 64 athletes drawn from 27 countries.
Turkish Open schedule for GBTaekwondo athletes:
-63kg: Jordan Gayle (Manchester)
-68kg: Christian McNeish (Plaistow), Martin Stamper (Liverpool)
-74kg: Andrew Deer (Tamworth)
+87kg: Lyle Walker (Law)
-80kg: Damon Sansum (Elgin), Tom Smith (Poplar)
-87kg: Levi Goodridge (Farnborough)