One of the beauties of the Olympic Games is that it can make normal everyday people who have a passion for their discipline, into household names all over the country and the world.
There has never been a better example of this than taekwondo Jade Jones MBE. Coming from a small town in Wales, Jade rose to fame aged just 19 when she achieved a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. This victory placed her alongside the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill as Great Britain’s most well-known Olympians. Her stock continued to rise and in 2016 she successfully defended her Olympic crown.
Taekwondo in general has flourished for Great Britain in recent years and at the Rio 2016 games the country came third in the medal table only behind the sports heavyweights South Korea and China. As well as Jade, Lutalo Muhammad achieved a silver and Bianca Walkden won a bronze.
Now, Jade’s 18-year-old brother Luke is vying to become an Olympic hopeful for the 2020 games in Tokyo. He has been signed up by the sport’s academy after entering the Fighting Chance scheme which aims to identify talented young fighters who could potentially be future Olympic and world champions. Twenty other sports also use the initiative, targeting people aged between 15-24.
Great Britain Taekwondo’s chief Gary Hall believes he has the potential to be a future star. He said “He is a good character. He hasn’t got the tactical game finesse his sister has but he has a lot of the basic ingredients to be successful.”
Alongside 14 other talented candidates, Luke will now travel to a training camp where he will undergo a strict three-month regime culminating in fighting at the Austrian Open in June.
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