DATE OF BIRTH
September 7 1998
Silver at the 2018 Pan America Para Taekwondo Open
2022 European Championships
2022 President's Cup
2021 World Para Taekwondo Championships
2021 Paralympic Qualification Tournament
2018 Kimunyong International Para Taekwondo Open
2018 Pan America Para Taekwondo Open
Sporting enthusiast, Joseph Lane began his career on the football pitch and decided to transfer over to Para Taekwondo – once it entered the Paralympic movement.
The London-born athlete has previously medalled at the Kimunyong International Para Taekwondo Open and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.
Lane splits his time between training & university and is aiming to qualify a place at Tokyo 2020.
60 SECOND INTERVIEW
WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:
I initially started Para Taekwondo because I saw that it was going to be in the 2020 Paralympics whilst I was playing both blind and amputee football.
At that time amputee football had put forward a bid to get into the Games but were unsuccessful and I had previously done some Taekwondo when I was younger, so I thought I could definitely give it a try!
OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:
I did a lot of sports as a kid, whatever I could – I would.
Football, netball, basketball, rugby, rounders, swimming, volley ball, badminton, softball and other martial arts too.
My ambition is to become the best fighter that I can become and if I can inspire someone else, then that’s my job done.
ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN:
I think it’s important to look up to your coach, to some degree, so Andrew Deer – he was previously an athlete and knows exactly what I’m currently going through.
The athletes who have been on the scene for a while too, so the likes of Bianca Walkden, Jade Jones, Mahama Cho and Lutalo Muhammad. Damon Sansum is also a big one for me.
When I first came into the sport, I would look to those for inspiration.
WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO IN YOUR OPINION:
This sport has a lot of action and isn’t really a boring martial art to watch. There’s a lot of athleticism involved, it’s not just a simple game. I’d describe it as a game of chess but with your legs.
IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:
To be honest, I’d probably just help my mum out with it, that’s the first thing I’d do. I’d make sure my family is good and then continue being an athlete. This is what I love doing regardless of how much money I have, there’s more to life than just that.
SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JOSEPH LANE:
I love Dragon Ball Z. I still watch it now on a regular basis! Even though it’s a cartoon – they’re still martial artists.
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