Olympian Bianca’s pep talk for King’s
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.”
Bianca Walkden at King’s School