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Aaliyah Powell

DATE OF BIRTH
October 25 2002

WEIGHT
-57kg

CAREER HIGH
Gold at the 2018 Junior World Championships & bronze at the 2019 World Championships

CAREER RESULTS

2019 Luxembourg Open (junior)
Gold

2019 World Championships
Bronze

2019 Belgian Open (junior)
Bronze

2019 Slovenia Open (junior)
Bronze

2018 Croatia Open (junior)
Gold

2018 Austrian Open (junior)
Gold

2018 Junior World Championships (junior)
Gold

2018 YOG Qualification (junior)
Bronze

2017 European Championships (junior)
Silver

2017 President's Cup (junior)
Gold

2017 Dutch Open (junior)
Gold

2016 Dutch Open (cadet)
Gold

About Aaliyah

Teenager, Powell has made quite the name for herself on the Taekwondo circuit before becoming a fulltime athlete on the World Class Performance Programme.

Previous accolades include silver at the 2017 Junior European Championships and gold at the Junior World Championships in 2018. She was also selected to represent Team GB at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games alongside fellow athletes Sharissa Gannaway and Mason Yarrow.

Despite exiting in the early rounds of the multi-sport event, Powell valued the experience a great deal and went onto make history the following year.

Powell secured a bronze medal at the senior World Championships in front of a home crowd at the Manchester Arena, where she became the youngest British fighter to gain a medal at the major tournament.

The impressive win came during the Huddersfield-born athlete’s GCSE exams were taking place.

More recently, Powell brought home gold at the Luxembourg Open in 2019.


60 SECOND INTERVIEW

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:
I started doing Taekwondo when I was nine years old because I wanted to do an Olympic sport. My cousin began doing it at a local club near me in the holidays, so I just tagged along and carried on.

My sister also used to do Athletics alongside Jess Enis and I would go and watch her during training – that’s what inspired me initially to want to go to the Olympics, one day.

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:
Swimming, Athletics, Dancing and Tennis for a little while.

AMBITION:
To become the Olympic Champion and win gold at every major competition

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO IN YOUR OPINION?
I think Taekwondo is different from other martial arts, in terms of it not just being a fight – it’s quite tactical and you have to use your brain a lot. It’s also quite exciting!

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:
I’d be quite boring and invest most of it and then probably build a house on some land and build my Grandma a granny flat too.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AALIYAH POWELL:
I was National Champion in Dance.


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