Olympian Bianca’s pep talk for King’s

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - MAR­TIAL ARTS

TAE kwon Do World and Euro­pean cham­pion and Olympic bronze medal­list Bianca Walk­den took time out from her full time train­ing regime to tell young mar­tial arts pro­teges at the King’s School of the sac­ri­fices and sat­is­fac­tion of her cho­sen sport.

Af­ter miss­ing the Lon­don games in 2012 with a chronic knee in­jury, the Liver­pudlian shone at the Rio games win­ning a bronze to build on her World Cham­pi­onship suc­cess and two Euro­pean golds.

She said: “I started when I was 11 by sim­ply go­ing to my lo­cal club ‘Liver­pool Elite’ and by the age of 15 I was in the GB squad.

“Since then I have ded­i­cated my life to my sport and train six hours ev­ery day Mon­day to Fri­day.

“If you want to suc­ceed at any sport you have to show the same ded­i­ca­tion, but my ad­vice at your age is just to find the sport you re­ally love; only when you are fully en­gaged and en­thused by your sport will you find that de­sire to train, train and do more train­ing and to be­come the very best in the world.”

She added: “I love my sport not just be­cause of the com­pe­ti­tion and be­cause I have reached the level I have reached but be­cause of the five val­ues, which cre­ates a world­wide Taek won Do fam­ily world­wide.

“The South Korean founders stated that at all times we should show five tenets: Cour­tesy, In­tegrity, Per­se­ver­ance, SelfCon­trol and an In­domitable Spirit and those be­liefs hold true in life as well as on the mat.”

Bianca moved from her home in Liver­pool to the Great Bri­tain Taekwondo train­ing base in Manch­ester aged just 15 and has been at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ing the sport ever since.

She said: “The Olympics is the pin­na­cle of our sport and frankly I wish there was one ev­ery year be­cause that is the time the pub­lic gets to see the prod­uct of our work, but it is the way it is and I sup­pose that what makes the Olympics so spe­cial.”

Matthew Ward who runs the King’s School Taekwondo Club said: “The King’s Tae kwon Do club trains ev­ery week and has over 20 mem­bers.

“Tae Kwon Do in­stils self-dis­ci­pline into stu­dents whilst de­vel­op­ing con­fi­dence, fit­ness and flex­i­bil­ity. Bianca is a true in­spi­ra­tion for our stu­dents and epit­o­mises the Olympic spirit.

“She is an ex­cel­lent role model, and hear­ing about her Olympic ex­pe­ri­ence was great mo­ti­va­tion for the pupils.

“The club has gone from strength to strength and who knows we may have fu­ture Olympians among them.”

Mike Carter

Bianca Walk­den at King’s School

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