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ABOUT EMELYE

Bradford-born Emelye O’Brien has always had a love for sport and began her journey juggling both Gymnastics and Karate.

Despite reaching quite a significant level in both, she eventually chose the martial art – before transferring over to Taekwondo.

In 2016, she fought her way through the UK Sport-backed ‘Fighting Chance’ initiative to land a coveted spot on the GB team.

Her previous achievements include gold at the Karate European Championships (x3) and at the National Championships on numerous occasions.


60 SECOND INTERVIEW

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:
I originally took up Taekwondo because it was an Olympic sport and moved over from Karate through Fighting Chance. As for Karate, I began when I was four years old, I was really shy so my Dad got me involved to build up my confidence.

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:
I did gymnastics until I was 15 too, but I had to choose one in the end and chose Karate as I was getting better results.

AMBITION:
Gold at the Olympics.

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN:
My old Karate Instructor, Paul Newby, he was the last British athlete to win the World Championships (in 2004) before Jordan Thomas took the crown not too long ago.

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO IN YOUR OPINION?
Everything is so unexpected in this sport - you never know what is going to happen!

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:
Probably buy loads of food - garlic bread is my favourite thing to eat when I'm not making weight.

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT EMELYE O'BRIEN:
I have an addiction to mayonnaise.


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