Sweets funded sport

The Week - Junior - - People -

Taek­wondo isn’t a cheap sport to learn. The out­fits, called doboks, cost money, as do the lessons. For the then 11-year-old Bianca Walk­den, the money was a problem. “My mum and dad didn’t have that much,” she re­mem­bers. “I used to have £5 for my din­ner so I used to go to the shop, buy £5 worth of 10p sweets and sell them at school for 20p. I’d make a fiver profit each day, be­cause I wanted to go to taek­wondo.”

Now aged 25, her ded­i­ca­tion has paid off; Walk­den won bronze at the Rio Olympics last year. This sum­mer, she won the world ti­tle at the World Taek­wondo Cham­pi­onships in South Korea, be­fore tak­ing gold at a tour­na­ment in Rus­sia. She’s de­ter­mined that in the next Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Ja­pan, in 2020, she'll get gold. That would be sweet.

Walk­den com­peted at

Rio 2016.

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