Bailey's Bronze provides Boost for the Next Generation
Falkirk's Asia Bailey heads home from Egypt today, her baggage made slightly heavier by the addition of a World Championship medal after a fantastic performance in Sharm El Sheikh.
Bailey’s -42kg bronze was the only medal secured by Britain’s small squad of seven athletes but her performance and those of her team-mates suggest that the post London 2012 future is very bright for GB.
“It was a great result from a junior athlete who has a promising future” said GB Taekwondo Performance Director Gary Hall.
She has worked hard at her club, Central Taekwondo Academy, and more recently within the GB Junior programme. Her success is fully deserved and is also a great boost for the newly established Scottish Development Programme.
Mum, Angie, was naturally delighted. “I’m so proud of my daughter. She has grown so much as a player over the past nine months both within the Scottish National Team and the GB Taekwondo Junior camps.
And she’s listened to and been inspired by Sarah Stevenson at her Inspire Workshops. It has all paid off.”
Hall was pleased with the performances of the GB team throughout the five day tournament.
“Whilst we perhaps didn’t get the breaks that you need to get multiple medals at major championships, I’m encouraged by the way our athletes performed in Egypt.
“Of course, we know all about George, Amin and Jamie who are based at the GB Academy. But we also had a strong showing from Feyi, Beth and Jack and that bodes well.
“We’ll now continue to focus on strengthening our Cadet and Junior programmes and the development activities which underpin the National Academy in Manchester.”