Picture This – World Champ Truesdale Dreaming Of Defending World Title
Amy Truesdale has been chilling out to Bob Marley and rocking to Blondie as part of her preparations for the Para-Taekwondo World Championships in Turkey.
But the Chester based, Stoke on Trent trained star won’t want to hear ‘no woman, no cry’ after her encounters in Samsun tomorrow. (Thursday)
‘Get up, Stand up,’ has certainly been the reigning champion’s motto on the way to the top of her sport.
Twelve months ago in Russia, a fourth world silver medal looked likely having originally judged to have lost to veteran Canadian nemesis, Lisa Standeven.
Instead, after re-classification of the K44 class Truesdale was upgraded to her long awaited gold. Truesdale again proved she doesn’t possess a heart of glass by winning the European title earlier this year to add to her World and Commonwealth honours.
And she didn’t keep GB Taekwondo hanging on the telephone as we caught up with Britain’s top para taekwondo star before flying out for her sixth World Championships.
“Me and my coach have got a couple of albums we listen to,” explained Truesdale, fresh from her success at last weekend’s National Championships in Manchester.
“If I am a bit stressed I’ll put a bit of Bob Marley on. At the moment we have got the Best of Blondie.
“That’s not my choice-if I’m at home I’ll listen to more chart stuff,” she laughed.
The only music she wants to hear tomorrow is the National Anthem as 26-year-old Truesdale chases her dream of an appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics when taekwondo will be included for the first time.
“I want to be the poster girl for Tokyo 2020;.I’ll be the para version of Jade Jones. That’s why I want to be doing as many competitions as possible to build up the ranking points.”
Truesdale, born without the lower part of her left arm, is doing everything possible to stay ahead of the game. “I have got a personal trainer now and my diet has changed quite a hit,” she explained
“I’ve lost five kilograms in eight weeks so I am feeling a lot fitter and healthier. I am generally training more and seeing my coach more than usual.”
One Way or Another Truesdale usually gets the job done.