Young Leeds taekwondo star has her eye on Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Alexandra Turner.
Alexandra Turner.
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A 12-year-old girl from Leeds has her eye on a medal in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

By then Alexandra Turner, who gained her first black belt aged just seven, will be 18 and if she continues her training at the rate she is going, she could be selected for the national Taekwondo team and represent her country.

Alexandra has just made the GB Cadet Development Squad for Taekwondo, under the watchful eye of trainer Gary Sykes - an ex Olympic coach who also trained Sarah Stevenson MBE.

As well as studying hard at Boston Spa (Sports Academy) School in Wetherby, Alexandra trains several times a week at her Taekwondo club the Doncaster All Stars, and also at weekends and during school holidays at the GB Taekwondo Academy in Manchester.

Proud parents Cathy and Nigel say their daughter is determined and hard working.

Cathy said: “We are very proud. She has just earned her first GB cap. She trains twice a week after school and then at weekends and school holidays at sport camps. It is a lot of work on top of her school work but she does very well.”

Alexandra, from Scholes, was selected after an intense assessment with the GB coaches, as part of the Talent pathway programme.

She is one of only 35 top athletes in the country who are recruited to each squad - cadets, juniors and seniors.

She is also coached by Olympic medal winner Sarah Stevenson, MBE, an Olympic, World and European Champion who is the GB Taekwondo high performance coach.

The development squad aims to “identify, recruit and develop athletes across all future Olympic weight categories who demonstrate potential to succeed at senior world and Olympic games.”

Alex hopes to defend her British Taekwondo National Championship title on September 19 in Manchester, which she won last year.

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