George wins gold medal at British Taekwondo National Championships 2015

On Sunday 13 September 2015, George Hobley who is studying at Post 16 @Freebrough competed at the British Taekwondo National Championships 2015, winning gold in the -78kg Junior Male category.

Held at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, George was ‘over the moon’ when it was announced that he had won the gold medal in his category, taking it home to his club, Chi Taekwondo.

George has been involved in Taekwondo which is a type of martial art, for about 4 – 4 ½ years, training at Spennymoor Leisure Centre in Durham. During the lead up to the nationals George would train 3 – 4 times a week and sometimes even 5, showing his dedication to the sport.

George described his experience of Taekwondo, ‘It is almost like a family away from home, I have made so many friends in the sport. It is such a friendly atmosphere and there are lots of progression routes.’

Over the past few years, George has travelled to lots of different places around the world including; Belgium, Holland and Scotland. He has been successful previously, winning gold in the Dutch Masters in May. Going to all of the different events and competitions, he has had the opportunity to meet lots of influential people such as Jade Jones MBE, winner of Britain’s first taekwondo Olympic gold medal.

George is now looking forward to the GB Taekwondo Academy try outs in December.