Arran sees off all title challengers
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