Olympic And World Champion’s Place 1st Iconic Mat At Manchester’s Medal Factory
It’s safe to say that 2015 has been a year full of memorable moments for GB Taekwondo – from Bianca Walkden following in the footsteps of her lifelong hero, ‘Rocky’ by becoming the Heavyweight Champion of the World to team-mate, Charlie Maddock making history by winning at the inaugural European Games, which meant she was the first British Taekwondo female athlete to do so.
With the year drawing to a close, we’ve got yet another reason to celebrate – the new National Taekwondo Centre in Newton Heath, Manchester, is nearing completion!
With not long left to go, this week marked the final days the squad would be training in the Academy as we know it and just yesterday, the 1st of the new mats were laid in the new Taekwondo hall.
We caught up with London 2012 Olympian, Martin Stamper ahead of the big move, “The final week was alright but a bit chaotic with everything getting moved about. I can’t wait to get into the new centre.”
He continued, “The biggest change that’s going to be best for me and the team as a whole, is everything being under one roof, from the gym to the offices – it’ll be a lot more convenient.”
To celebrate the momentous occasion, best friends and room-mates, Jade Jones (reigning Olympic Champion) and Bianca Walkden placed the first mat in the new Taekwondo hall as their fellow team-mates and coaches excitedly watched on.
Watch the all-important moment below: