Maddock Aims To Roll ‘Em Over In Moldova
Charlie Maddock is still pinching herself she’s heading to her first WTF World Championships in Russia next month.
So, the Stoke on Trent teenager is keen to justify her selection for the event in Chelyabinsk from May 12-18 when competing at the Moldova Open tomorrow. (Saturday)
Maddock competes alongside GB Academy squad mate, Georgia Barnes at -53kg, while the three girl team, under the charge of coach, Gareth Brown, is completed by World Junior champion, Lauren Williams.
“To be honest I was surprised when I found out I had been selected for the Worlds,” admitted Maddock, a seven-time World Junior kick boxing champion.
“Getting selected in itself is a big achievement for me. I know it is going to be really tough and the standard very high but I can’t wait to get out there to fight.
“However, I’ve got to concentrate on this weekend first. If I can get some good results it will be a confidence boost before the Worlds.
“I feel relaxed and ready to go,” added Maddock, who only switched martial arts in 2013 as part of the Fighting Chance initiative. “But it seems to be a strong field with a couple of big names in there.”
Maddock may still be a relative WTF style taekwondo novice but she’s a quick learner. In addition, to the Commonwealth title, she picked up gold medals at the Greek and French Opens in 2014.
The collection has grown this year with further podium finishes at the Luxor and Spanish Opens. “I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going but hopefully I will learn from the mistakes I made in Spain when my timing wasn’t as good as it should have been,” she admitted.
Both Barnes and Williams missed out on World Championship selection-in Williams’ case because she is too young-so will be keen to impress for other events later in the year.