Ready to do bat­tle

Euro­pean chal­lenge for three mar­tial arts stars

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A Mas­ter Hut­ton Fit­ness trio are go­ing for gold at the In­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Bul­garia this week­end.

Stephanie Wil­lis, Alexan­der Gray and David Gray – all se­nior in­struc­tors at the club – have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Scot­land in Sofia from April 20 to 23.

Stephanie will com­pete in the 3rd de­gree in­di­vid­ual pat­tern, 62kg in­di­vid­ual sparring, in­di­vid­ual power test, team sparring and team power events.

Alexan­der is set to con­test the in­di­vid­ual 3rd de­gree pat­tern event, while his brother David will fea­ture in the in­di­vid­ual 2nd de­gree pat­tern and the 85 kg in­di­vid­ual and team sparring com­pe­ti­tions.

Dur­ing last year’s Eu­ros in Fin­land, Wil­lis had the mis­for­tune of be­ing drawn against the world champion in both of her first round events and made an early exit from the com­pe­ti­tion.

So she’s de­ter­mined to make up for it and is tar­get­ing at least one gold medal from her five events.

She said:“I didn’t do so well in Fin­land, so I’m re­ally hop­ing for a bet­ter cham­pi­onships this time.

“It’s very un­usual to get the world champion in both rounds but I came away from that ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing a lot. I felt it was very close and I wasn’t far away in both events, so I’d like to think I can medal in at least one event.

“Pat­terns is prob­a­bly my best event but I feel I’ve got the po­ten­tial to do well in a few of them.

“We’ve all been train­ing non-stop and I know the guys have put ev­ery­thing into pre­par­ing for it as well. We are go­ing there to give it our all and, hope­fully, win some medals.”

Ready for ac­tion Alexan­der, Stephanie and David

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