“I got my black belt in Taekwondo when I was 18. I worked so hard to get this over the years but it was my Dad I really have to thank. I had a lack of confidence as a child and one day he took me down to the local club. I didn’t know anything about Taekwondo, I didn’t want to train and if he had given me the option right there and then to walk away I would have done. As he didn’t give me that option, I went in for the first free starter lesson and I never looked back.

The belt itself is something I’ll never throw away, never discard and it’s something that means a great deal to me. Years of training daily and travelling for gradings paid off, and the belt is something that I’m personally proud of and I know my Dad is too…”