Lock lights Will.I.Am’s Olympic torch

TAGB Star Tae Kwon-Do's instructor Chloe Lock's moment to shine carrying the Olympic flame was on Monday evening in Taunton between North Street and The Bridge. She lit the torch of Will.I.Am.

Chloe was nominated as a torch bearer by one of her Tae Kwon Do families, the Kitchers, for her ability to inspire others by her encouragement as an instructor, especially to those less able than her, as well as her personal achievements.

Having a young family of her own has meant that Chloe's goals have changed and they are now to inspire her students achieve their goals. She was very proud of her 30 students from Broadclyst and Honiton recently when they all had their moment to shine at the TAGB quarterly grading examination held at Honiton Sports Centre when 99 students from 10 schools across East Devon and West Dorset attended.

Students who get an A pass are told their results on the day, everyone else has to wait until their next lesson. Archie Brunsdon and Max Branson, both from Broadclyst, gained A passes and Max was presented the grading award for their school by Master Michael Dew 8th Dan.

Hopefully, this is the first of many awards for Max as he won gold in the boys’ yellow belt sparring at the Welsh Open Championships in Cardiff at the week end, his first tournament. Meg Grendon won silver and, with recently promoted Black Belt 2nd Dans Tracy Kirby and Martin McClaughlin was presented her certificates by Master Michael Dew.

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Lock was delighted that everyone did well, but especially pleased with her white belts, including her three juniors from Honiton and her six Tigers from Broadclyst. Chloe says: "As an instructor you know they can perform their moves in class but you never know what they may do in a grading examination!"

Chloe is hoping to start a new Tigers class for children aged four to seven year olds in Honiton in September. If your child is interested in attending a taster session in June, email startaekwondo@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01404 850033.

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