Truesdale Defends European Title
Amy Truesdale makes her return to the ring today (Friday) in Warsaw, Poland. The Chester-based star is GB’s only representative at the European Para Championships and has been preparing for the Tokyo cycle at the National Taekwondo Centre alongside the team in Manchester.
Truesdale hopes to retain her title as European Champion in the +58kg weight division and with Taekwondo making its Paralympic Games debut in four years’ times, the win will secure her valuable ranking points in a bid to qualify.
The 27-year-old is currently ranked second in the world and could potentially be going for gold against first ranked Aynur Mammadova of Azerbaijan.
Speaking ahead of the event, WTF President Chungwon Choue said:
“The development of para-taekwondo in 2016 has been fantastic but we know we have potential to grow the sport even more.
“We are confident that by the time we get to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 we will be in a position to deliver the very best para-taekwondo competitions to the global Paralympic audience.
“In order to do that, in addition to growing and modernizing our sport, we are also reviewing the competition and ranking rules to ensure we deliver the most transparent and fair competition in the 2020 cycle.”
Following the current success Team GB has achieved at the Paralympics, Truesdale has called on her fellow para Taekwondo athletes to take part in the sport: “Nothing is stopping you doing it – get involved, there is enough of it out there – but don’t think you are different because you have a disability,” she said. “My ability is stronger than my disability.”
Entries for #DiscoverYour Para Potential are currently being accepted. To apply, visit www.uksport.gov.uk/talent