Sil­ver for the mighty Quinn

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

ONLY two years af­ter tak­ing up the sport, taek­wondo com­peti­tor Har­ri­son Quinn has won a sil­ver medal in the na­tional cham­pi­onships at the Un­der-16, 65kgs and un­der weight cat­e­gory.

King’s Boys’ Di­vi­sion GCSE stu­dent Har­ri­son has been taught by school’s renowned mar­tial arts ex­pert Matthew Ward, a third dan black belt and for­mer Eng­land star, and had been go­ing to the af­ter school club only once a week.

Har­ri­son, who will now go the World Cham­pi­onships in Por­tu­gal in the sum­mer, said: “Un­der the ex­pert eye of Mr Ward, I stepped up train­ing for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and will be do­ing even more train­ing now to get ready for the World Cham­pi­onships.

“Above all you need ex­treme self-con­trol and ex­treme self-dis­ci­pline to be a good Taek­wondo player, but it’s an at­tack­ing sport in which you have to take the ini­tia­tive, with a com­bi­na­tion of kicks and punches.”

He added: “I am very com­mit­ted to be­com­ing the best I can at the sport and my first tar­get is the World Cham­pi­onships in the sum­mer.

“Af­ter that I would love to rep­re­sent Eng­land, and maybe even go to the Olympics as a kick boxer.”

Matthew, who has been a mas­ter of the Korean-style mar­tial art for 25 years, said: “It’s a won­der­ful achieve­ment. Har­ri­son was up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion and per­formed su­perbly.”

Mr Ward (be­low, with Har­ri­son) added: “We have been run­ning the Taek­wondo club for six years at King’s but this is the first time we felt we could en­ter some fighters at na­tional level.

“I’m proud that Har­ri­son has re­paid that faith with such com­mit­ment and courage.

“He’s a crack­ing lad.”

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