Charlotte Simpson of Quest Taekwondo won gold at the President’s Cup in Germany.
And success for the 13-year-old Rastrick High School student qualifies her for the Great Britain team and the Cadet European Taekwondo Championships in Romania in September.
Charlotte and six of her Quest team colleagues travelled to the President’s Cup in Bonn, and they produced some excellent performances.
Charlotte, who made her full international debut at the Dutch Open Championships in March and won silver, went one better.
And it was Great Britain’s first ever gold medal at this new event, where 1,600 athletes took part from all over the globe.
Charlotte had to beat all her opponents over the full three rounds of each bout.
They were from Russia, Finland and Serbia, but she took victory in the Under 59kg Female Cadet division.
She did this with a mature performance of speed, skill and tenacity.
In each case Charlotte competed against taller girls whose longer reach would have caused problems for many athletes.
Charlotte’s tactic was to play a counter-attacking game and get inside their reach, then go for a risky high-scoring head kick, spinning back-kicks and fast body shots – with both feet!
The tactics bamboozled her opponents and worked perfectly, which left them mostly in shock.
Her victory guarantees her qualification for the European Championships and she will now proudly walk out in the Great Britain colours along with teammate Alex Foster, who took silver in the Cadet male Under 53kg division.
Aaliyah Powell (age 13) of Kirkburton Middle School, who is also in the running to qualify for the GB European team, successfully beat USA 11-1 before competing against Germany in the quarter finals, against the same girl she defeated by a last-minute kick to win the Dutch Open last month.
This time it was the German girl’s single kick that made the difference, giving her a narrow victory.
Caden Cunningham, 12, of King James High School, also impressed in the Cadet male Under 45kg division.
His first match was an outstanding 21-1 win against the Netherlands but, unfortunately, he lost his second match by the smallest of margins 2-1 to a Serbia national team athlete. Caden played a very tactical game but two penalties cost him the match.
Quest Head Coach Mike Mckenzie said: “It was a very mature performance and Caden can take a lot of positives from it. Along with his Quest teammates, Caden is in contention for GB selection in September. The hard work starts now, as the players must prepare themselves for this major event.”