An athlete who has hopes of representing Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has received a funding boost from Breckland Council.
Eighteen-year-old Jack Spall from Attleborough is Great Britain’s current heavyweight taekwondo champion and is training as part of Team GB, with his sights set firmly on the Olympics in Japan in four years’ time. To help Spall achieve his goal, he is set to receive £500 from Breckland Council’s ‘Gifted and Talented’ grant funding pot.
“I’m now 6ft 8ins, making me the joint third tallest taekwondo fighter in the world and I’m still growing,” he said.
“That means I need a new suit and pads roughly every six months, so the grant from the council will really help me keep up my training safely.
“I currently train for at least three hours every day, usually up to five hours on Fridays and all day on Saturday and Sunday. I travel to London every weekend for training and sometimes head to Manchester to attend development training at the Team GB Olympic Academy.
“It’s very intense, but I love it. I’ve had some fantastic experiences, particularly since being selected for Team GB in 2015, including having the opportunity to train with Jade Jones, who won Britain’s first ever gold medal in taekwondo at the London Olympics.”
From Spall’s 80 tournament outings to date, the youngster has collected a total of 55 gold medals.