Truesdale bids to retain title

Turkey - 2014/11/26 - European Para-taekwondo champion Amy Truesdale will be hoping to retain her title this week in Turkey.

Amy Truesdale


But the 25-year-old Chester fighter is also waiting for the biggest day in her sporting career.  The sport will find out in January whether it will be included in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic programme.

“More people are taking part in the Europeans and hopefully that will be an encouragement to the decision-makers,” Truesdale told BBC Sport.

It would be amazing to have Para-taekwondo in the Paralympics and it would encourage more disabled people into the sport”.

“The sport is getting better known and I think it is in a good position to be included.”

Truesdale, who was born missing part of her left arm, goes to Turkey in confident mood after good displays at the recent Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships  in Scotland, where she competed in both the able-bodied and Para-taekwondo events, winning gold in the Para event.

It followed her gold in the Para World Championships and an able-bodied silver in the -73kg category at the National Championships in Manchester in September.

And she believes her busy schedule will help her in Turkey where 74 athletes from 14 countries will take part across all categories.

“It doesn’t matter how much training you do, you need that experience of fighting in competitions,” she added. “You get to practice techniques and see what kicks are scoring and what works best and then you can use it in the big fights”.

“This year I’ve had a lot more competition and I’m feeling prepared and confident.

“You have to be ready from the first bout. Sometimes in the first round I can be nervous but I get better as the tournament goes on.”


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Source:  BBC

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