Junior joy as fab four step up to senior GB Taekwondo squad
29th May 2019
World Championship bronze medallist Aaliyah Powell is among four promising youngsters elevated to GB Taekwondo’s senior performance squad.
The Huddersfield teenager and reigning junior world champion is joined at the National Taekwondo Centre by Manchester 2019 teammate, Mason Yarrow, plus Caden Cunningham and Chloe Roberts.
Like Powell, Cunningham is a member of Quest Taekwondo. Yarrow learned his taekwondo trade at Ultimate Taekwondo in Doncaster while Roberts is a member of BTS Maddogs in Stoke-on-Trent.
GB Performance Director Gary Hall said: “I am pleased to announce the four new athletes have agreed to join the GB Academy programme and have all committed to the journey of being the very best that they can be during their time with us.
“They will be focussed predominantly on achieving their dreams at the Paris Olympics in 2024 but hope to challenge for other major honours along the way.
“They are graduating from the 13-18 years development programme so many thanks for the great work of the team who have assisted in the development they have made to date.”
Caden, Aaliyah and Chloe will officially start on July 15 while Mason, who reached the last 16 at -54kg in Manchester, is already part of the senior programme.
Chloe who won the youth titles at this year’s Slovenia and Belgian Opens, said: “I am extremely happy to be selected into the Academy. And I am ready for the challenges ahead.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work but it will all be worth it with the results I aim to get in the future.”
Caden, who represented Great Britain at last year’s junior world championships, added: “I’m feeling blessed to be given such an amazing opportunity. I’m ready to embrace the challenges ahead.
“My future aims are to be successful in major championships and to fight at the Olympic Games.”
Mike McKenzie, Caden’s coach at Quest, added: “Caden is a great taekwondo athlete and I am confident he will excel at the GB Academy.”
Proud to come away from my first senior competition as World Bronze medalist🥉 thank you to everyone for your support over the weekend, so grateful❤️🙏🏾more to come @GBTaekwondo #BetterNeverStops #kickingforglory pic.twitter.com/d2dxOD5U1z
— Aaliyah Powell (@aaliyah_tkd) May 20, 2019
Aaliyah said: “I am truly grateful for the opportunity but the hard work is just beginning.
“My family and coach were so pleased for me as it has been one of my goals throughout my career.”
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