Ar­ran sees off all ti­tle chal­lengers

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home -

A Ruther­glen teenager has re­tained his Scot­tish cham­pi­onship ti­tles in taek­wondo and is aim­ing to fight on the world stage in the fu­ture.

Trin­ity High School pupil Ar­ran Ste­wart, 14, won two gold medals at competitions north and south of the bor­der ear­lier this month.

The Scot­tish cham­pion com­peted in the Na­tional Taek­wondo Cham­pi­onships held in Ber­wick on Sun­day, June 11, and a Cham­pi­ons League event a cou­ple of weeks prior.

And, hav­ing gained ex­pe­ri­ence at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in April, Ar­ran is full of con­fi­dence.

He said:“It feels re­ally good be­cause even though they are smaller competitions, you are still win­ning medals.

“The first one was down in Ber­wick, it was a smaller com­pe­ti­tion but I had to go and keep my ti­tle.”

Ar­ran rep­re­sented Scot­land at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Liver­pool but was knocked out in the first round by a Ukrainian.

His dad Colin, 41, was also ap­pear­ing in his first fi­nals but ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion at the sec­ond-round stage.

Ar­ran said:“I was knocked out early by a guy from Ukraine. He ab­so­lutely smashed me in the first round but it was still good to com­pete there with all the dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“My dad did very well con­sid­er­ing it was his first time at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

“I’m not able to go to the Worlds be­cause it’s only adults who can fight so my aim is to be at the next one and I aim to win.”

Gold Ar­ran Ste­wart with his medals and Trin­ity High head Peter Bol­lan

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