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Team Announcement for 2018 Junior World Championships/Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers

We are delighted to announce the team for the upcoming Junior World Championships, which takes place in Hammamet, Tunisia from 9th-13th April 2018.

The 14-strong-squad also includes 6 athletes who will represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifying tournament, which is also being held in Tunisia on 6th-7th April 2018.

The line-up consists of 2017 Junior European Championship silver medallist’s, Sharissa Gannaway (BTS) and Aaliyah Powell (Quest Taekwondo), along with 2016 Cadet European Champion, Owen Turner (Ultimate Taekwondo).

Upon hearing the news, Holly Kelly of Jeon-Sa Taekwondo club said: “I’m really excited, this will be the fifth time that I have been selected to represent GB at a major championship, I’m looking forward to going out there and giving it my all!”

Development Programme Coach, Romaine Bailey, is confident ahead of the major event, “It’s been quite a quick turnaround from the European Championships last year, but the squad have worked hard over the last few months in the build-up and have been focusing on aspects of the game that we plan to execute tactically.

He continued: “We have a great team heading out to Tunisia, with some new and more established faces looking to leave their mark on the mats.

“As for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers, this is a great opportunity for the athletes to go and secure a federation place for their respective weight categories – a chance that only some juniors, (2001-2002 year of birth) are fortunate to have the opportunity and at such an early stage of their career.

“The athletes that have been chosen are looking forward to the prospect that lies ahead and I know they will do their best to qualify ahead of the Youth Olympic Games later this year in Argentina.”


The Junior World Championships Team:


-42kg Erin Shaw

– 44kg Jordyn Smith

-46kg Aaliyah Powell

-52kg Holly Kelly

– 55kg Chloe Roberts

-59kg Kyla Julien

-63kg Emily Brighton

-68kg Sharissa Gannaway

+68kg Molly Dunbivan



-51kg Caden Cunningham

-55kg Mason Yarrow

– 63kg Owen Turner

-68kg Jamie Kidd

– 73kg Camran Hassan


Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers Squad:


-44kg Jordyn Smith

-49kg Aaliyah Powell

+63kg Sharissa Gannaway



-55kg Mason Yarrow

-63kg Owen Turner

-73kg Jamie Kidd

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