Sunday 23rd October 2016
Ryan is fighting fit after the National Taekwondo Championships
Ryan has been training in taekwondo for 11 years at his local club in Haxey, Scorpion Taekwondo. From his very first lesson, he was hooked and now competes on a regular basis.
Ryan competes in the 58kg class and has recently moved up to the senior age group, in conjunction with his recent amazing achievement of Bronze in the National Taekwondo Championships. Aside from his own training, he has been instrumental in training younger athletes in taekwondo – this experience has inspired him to consider sports coaching as a future career. He has also achieved considerable success in the younger age groups, as Ryan represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he reached the quarter-finals.
At John Leggott College Ryan studies Geology & Sport. The Opportunities & Destinations team at the college are working closely with Ryan during his final year at college to ensure he makes a positive step with his progression following his education at John Leggott College.
As part of the Sport BTEC course he studies, Ryan has designed his own programme to develop his flexibility and power, but he does acknowledge that taekwondo requires a strong mental state in additional to physical strength.
Over the years, training in taekwondo has given Ryan his fair share of bumps and bruises, but he maintains that the adrenaline rush at competitions is more than worth it.
“When I started training in taekwondo, a few of my friends joined but dropped out when they had reached a certain level. I’m determined never to give up, and always to bounce back, even if I’ve had a bad day. I am always focused on winning gold, of reaching the top of my game – you have to want to win.”
Ryan’s determination and purpose is serving him well as he works hard in his final year at John Leggott College, before pursuing his dream of studying Sports Coaching at University.
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