Conor’s aiming for GB Olympic dream

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A student from Ilkeston has his sights set on the next Olympic Games in Brazil after a

series of successes in taekwondo competitions.

Conor Edwards, 17, who is a student at Bilborough College in Nottingham, is set to hear next month if he has been selected to take part in trials to become part of the Olympic team that will compete in Rio in 2016.

He is celebrating a series of competition wins including the boys’ cadet category, for 15 to 17-year-olds, at the British Taekwondo National Championships in Coventry in November last year.

The teenager said: “This was one of my biggest wins yet. It was really important because the England team has been watching me and I’m really hoping to get a place when I turn 18.

“It was an incredible feeling to win the championships in my division, I was really excited.”

This win followed on from Conor’s first fight abroad when he competed in the Taekwondo International European Championships in Poland in October last year.

He came second in the points stop fighting category and scooped a bronze in the continuous fighting division.

He said: “Going to Poland was a great experience, I really enjoyed it.

“I just really enjoy taekwondo. I love the competitive side of it and it really keeps you fit and gives you a sense of achievement.”

Conor took up the martial art when he was five and trains for up to 20 hours a week with Kimberley Taekwondo and at Bilborough College with Nottingham Taekwondo.

Last year he also won gold in the adult division at the North Midlands Taekwondo competition, silver at the English Championships and bronze at the Welsh Championships.

He added: “I’m looking forward to taking part in the English and Welsh Championships again in the New Year and the World Championships in July.

“I’ve applied to take part in the trials to become part of the Olympic team that will compete in Rio and I’m really hoping that the great year that I’ve had will mean that I will be selected. I should find out soon.”