Scottish Juniors join the GB National Team Programme
Scottish juniors to join the GB National Team juniors programme
After some excellent performances at the GB Taekwondo Academy two more Scottish National team Elite Squad members, Asia Bailey and Kristian Kinnon (Central TKD Academy, Stirlingshire) have been invited to join the GB National Team high performance programme in Manchester. This excellent outcome brings the number of Scottish players who are currently actively involved in the GB squad to four. “Another great development for Scottish TKD and our high performance programme. It is certainly a confidence boost for us to see more of our Scottish players being recognised for their abilities and potential by the coaches who work with the British Olympic team” commented Scotland’s National Performance Coach Master Nikos Jakubiak.
He continued: “There is lots of potential amongst the kids we work with in our programme from all around Scotland and we will certainly be seeing more of them advancing to the top of our sport. Asia and Kristian are two shining examples of the calibre of junior players Scotland has available. Kristian is already known to many TKD fans in Scotland as he was the British Cadets Champion in 2011. This is his first year as a junior player and he will be concentrating on upping his game to conquer the junior division as well, both domestically and internationally. Asia only started competitive sport TKD since the start of BTCB Scotland’s High Performance Programme in early 2011 and her progress has been nothing less than spectacular. Her dedication to training and commitment to better her skills is second to none. More importantly though with her performances in recent competitions and test matches she has proven she has what it takes to reach the very top”.
With the London Olympics fast approaching this is a great time for any players to join the GB programme. For Asia and Kristian, and any other juniors from Scotland who can make the cut, the road ahead will be challenging and tough but at the same time full of excitement as this can be the road that leads to Rio and the 2016 Olympics!
This is a good opportunity to highlight once more that we consider the achievements of our players a collective effort that starts with the players themselves, their club coaches, and then theScottish National Team and GB National Team coaches. This progress we have achieved so far goes to show that our National Team coaches are putting Scotland’s players’ interests first.
We know that there are many gifted young players around Scotland whose ambition may be to become a World or an Olympic Champion. BTCB Scotland’s High Performance Programme has a clear pathway that can help them reach that destination. We welcome anyone in Scotland who wishes to join. For more information on our High Performance Programme and training dates venues go to www.taekwondoscotland.org and visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/taekwondoscotland .