THREE Chester youngsters will train with the England team after achieving gold medal success at tae kwon-do tournaments.
Stephanie Ward, 17, Olivia Newton, 14, and Alex Roberts, nine, all members of Chester Global Tae Kwon-Do UK, have all impressed national selectors with their displays at regional events and will train with the squad at the end of the month.
The trio will get a chance to impress further when they head north of the border to Edinburgh to pit their wits against the world’s best at the International Tae Kwon-Do Championships in May.
Chester GTUK member Sarah Broadbent, who is hoping to raise money to help the girls on their way to Edinburgh, said: “They have done so well and are delighted about training with the England squad.
“They’re also really excited about heading to Scotland for the international tournament and are confident of doing well.
“Stephanie, Olivia and Alex are all gold medal winners at recent competitions and really deserve their chance.”
While Stephanie, a first dan, and Olivia, a prospective black belt, are available for immediate selection for England, Alex will have to wait before she is available for full selection.
“Alex has been asked to train with the England squad despite being too young to be selected,” said Sarah.
“It will be a great experience for her as it will be for all the girls.
“Our instructor John Emm has worked hard with the girls in getting them to this level and we are delighted for them.”
The club are hoping to organise a fundraising supermarket bag- packing day to help raise money to travel to the Ediburgh tournament and also the Chronicle-backed charity Miles of Smiles.
Anybody wishing to offer support or interested in joining the club can contact Jon Emm on 07816 286988.