SWAPPING BOOTS FOR BELTS
Son swaps boots for belts to gain glory
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.
n SPORTING SUCCESS: Harry Evans proudly displays the medal he won in Moldova and inset, dad Terry was a popular figure at Brentford FC