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Aaron Cobley

Aaron Cobley.

The 16-year-old taekwondo player, from Chesterfield and a student at Chesterfield College, is a member of the Staveley Taekwondo Club, winning gold medals at the UITF British Championships, MWTA British Championships and UITF English Championships. He has also recently won 2 gold and 1 silver medals at the UITF World Championships and 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at WKU World Kickboxing Championships.

Aaron says: "I am currently a second black belt in both ITF style Taekwondo and kickboxing and I train for these sports almost daily, or help teach.

"For Taekwondo I train for two-and-a-half hours with my local instructor in Chesterfield in the week and once a week I attend Elite development squad for a further two hours.

"I had to be selected to be part of this and I have to demonstrate my ongoing dedication and commitment through practising at home as well as in training, supporting others and competing.

"I train at Kickboxing for three hours a week and I am also an assistant coach at my local club and so help teach for a further three hours.

"My ambitions within my sport are to be the best that I can possibly be and so my focus is on improving my stamina, speed and flexibility so that I can attain this goal.

"I am attending the WKU World Championships in Spain, representing England and competing in four events. I hope to achieve podium positions especially in sparring.

"I am currently UITF World champion but now planning for the 2017 World Championships in Argentina where I will face one of my biggest challenges of moving into the adult divisions.

"In 2016 I will continue to compete at National level attending both UITF and MWTA British Championships and further kickboxing and Taekwondo competitions."