What a way to begin our busy news and events section for this new academic year!

Over the summer, Emily Oakes (Year 11) continued her rise to prominence on the world tae-kwon-do stage with major achievements at the European Championships held in Moldova.

Emily won double gold [Under 18 Welterweight Sparring and Second Degree Patterns], silver [Destruction (Breaking)] and bronze [Special Technique] medals and went on to win the Best Overall Junior Competitor in Europe Award!

Emily made a major contribution to help Team UK win Best Overall Team with 82 medals in total, beating stiff competition from strong teams from countries such as Russia, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Belarus, Albania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania.

As has been previously reported, Emily is one of the most pleasant and modest young people you could ever wish to meet. She is hugely popular with her team mates.

We are grateful to her family for always providing us with updates, often as the competition is unfolding, and giving us the general low-down on the country they are in at any given time. Moldova is a real hidden gem, incidentally!

The family are also very generous about the part the academy plays in Emily’s success,  providing the secure base that is required for the mental challenges required for success in elite competition.

Another year of relentless training and dedication for Emily has paid off. Next comes the British Championships in October and the World Championship in 2016.

We’re honoured to be kept so closely informed by the family as we follow Emily’s wonderfully successful journey,