Son swaps boots for belts to gain glory

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HIS dad was a leg­end on the football pitch – but it’s in the world of taek­wondo that Yiewsley teenager Harry Evans is mak­ing his mark.

Terry Evans, who started out with his lo­cal non-league side Hilling­don, was last year in­ducted into the Brent­ford FC Hall of Fame, and is also well thought of at his other club, Wy­combe.

How­ever, his son is mak­ing waves in a dif­fer­ent sport en­tirely, hav­ing be­come both a taek­wondo Euro­pean and World cham­pion.

The Stock­ley Academy stu­dent won gold in the U16 cat­e­gory at the World Cham­pi­onships in Rome in July last year, and has just re­turned from Moldova, where he added a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship U18 mid­dleweight spar­ring gold to his tally (as well as a bronze in pat­terns).

Proud dad Terry said: “He’s done very well. He’s a real good kid who trains hard, and I’m in awe of him.

“It all started when I took him down to the lo­cal leisure cen­tre at the age of five. I wanted him to get him into box­ing, but the mis­sus wasn’t keen.

“Taek­wondo was the com­pro­mise, so we put him in to see how he would turn out, and he started re­ally mak­ing progress at the age of 12 or 13.”

Since quit­ting football, Evans se­nior has moved into the world of rugby, be­com­ing a phys­io­ther- apist at Premier­ship side Wasps Wasps.

While young Harry was never go­ing to fol­low in his dad’s foot­balling steps, he has cer­tainly picked up the rugby bug from him, although even that takes sec­ond billing to taek­wondo.

Evans said: “Harry is a big rugby fan and plays at flanker for High Wy­combe. He is bet­ted suited to it than football as he’s a tough kid.

“He’s do­ing one or the other nearly ev­ery day, and when he’s not he’s down the gym.

“How­ever, if he has to choose be­tween the two, taek­wondo comes first.”

Harry com­petes for Trenic Taek­wondo TKD Academy, who took 16 com­peti­tors out to Moldova, each com­ing home with at least one medal – with Matt Brunger, Jamie McAvoy Gemma O’Con­nor, Fran Almeida-Davis, Thomas Tay­lor, Dolci Grove and Katie Hether­ring­ton also land­ing golds.

In all, Trenic, led by Grand Master Trevor Ni­cholls, brought home 11 golds medals, 10 sil­vers and eight bronzes.

Main photo by Katie Lamb

n SPORT­ING SUC­CESS: Harry Evans proudly dis­plays the medal he won in Moldova and inset, dad Terry was a pop­u­lar fig­ure at Brent­ford FC

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