All the President’s Men – GB Taekwondo into Africa for latest medal hunt
Bradly Sinden is aiming for a career breakthrough as GB Taekwondo sends a five-strong squad to new territory this weekend.
The 18-year-old Yorkshire teenager has yet to win a gold medal since entering the senior ranks.
But the 2015 European Youth champion is getting closer and hopes to deliver the goods at the President’s Cup in Morocco.
It’s the first time GB fighters have competed in Agadir with Sinden joined by: Josh Calland, Ben Haines, Christian McNeish and Max Cater.
Haines, at 23, is the oldest member of the group keen to impress with World Championship places very much up for grabs.
“My body is feeling good and I’m feeling mentally prepared for the competition,” says Sinden, a bronze medallist at last month’s Belgian Open. “I’ve done the hard work in training and if I stick to my game plan I’ll be rewarded for it.
“My aim for this year is to be selected for the World Championships, put in a good performance and hopefully pick up a medal.”
All five Manchester trained athletes have collected medals in 2017 so far. Haines gained a silver at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven, whilst Londoner, McNeish secured a silver just a week later at the Belgian Open.
Calland, who competes at -63kg on Saturday, was a bronze medallist in Belgian while Max Cater defeated all-comers to win the German Open crown.
Saturday, April 8
-63kg: Josh Calland (Liverpool)
-74kg: Ben Haines (Portsmouth), Christian McNeish (Plaistow).
Sunday, April 9:
-58kg: Max Cater (Southampton)
-68kg: Bradly Sinden (Doncaster)