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Damon Sansum

PLACE OF BIRTH: Born Paderborn, Germany but I call Elgin in Scotland home.

BASED: Manchester

WEIGHT: -80 kg

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY: I started WTF style taekwondo about five months ago. I come from a kick boxing background but as taekwondo provides the only chance to represent your country at a kicking martial art, I took part in the 'Fighting Chance' talent programme and was lucky enough to get selected to join the British Academy in Manchester. 

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED: I was a kick boxer from the age of 11. But I also swam in local galas and won a North of Scotland bronze medal for shot putt when I was about 12.

HONOURS: (WTF Taekwondo)  2015 Luxor Open Bronze, 2015 Turkish Open Bronze, 2015 US Open Gold, 2014 Paris Open Gold, 2014 Commonwealth Championships Gold, 2014 Grand Prix (Astana) Bronze, 2014 European Championships Silver, 2014 Bahrain Open Silver, 2014 Luxor Open Silver, 2013 Paris Open Gold, 2013 German Open Bronze, 2013 Trelleborg Open Gold, 2012 German Open Gold, 2011 US Open Bronze, 2011 Goseong Open Bronze, 2010 French Open Bronze and 2010 Paris Open Bronze.

(Kickboxing) 2009 WOMAA World individual Gold, WAKO World Cup individual Gold, 2008 WAKO World team Gold.

AMBITION: Overall goal is to win gold at the Olympics.

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN: Got to be my dad, Lee, who has a background in kick boxing and karate. He is still a British kick boxing coach. He was in the military police and also a bodyguard to a lot of celebrities and VIP's.

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO: Since the rule changes there is a lot more scope to see head kicks and knockouts. So plenty of excitement.

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:  Firstly, take my girlfriend on a skiing holiday. But I'd like to open a chain of martial arts academies, similar to what we have in Manchester but more for the public. I got a business and sport degree at Nottingham University so I'd probably also invest in property.

SOME THING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT DAMON SANSUM: I play lead guitar and I'm thinking of writing my own songs, Princess Diana was also one of the people my dad used to act as bodyguard for.