On Olympic talent scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:08 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:58 16 June 2010

Chloe Lock, Martin Morgan and Rebecca Hart

Chloe Lock, Martin Morgan and Rebecca Hart

TAGB Star Tae Kwon Do instructor Chloe Lock, 24, from Rockbeare, and 16-year-old student Martin Morgan, from Whimple, have beaten 1,000 other applicants for a place in the Talent 2012 Fighting Chance.

TAGB Star Tae Kwon Do instructor Chloe Lock, 24, from Rockbeare, and 16-year-old student Martin Morgan, from Whimple, have beaten 1,000 other applicants for a place in the Talent 2012 Fighting Chance.

They have been selected for a phase 1, Talent Identification Day, where they will be assessed by the UK talent Team and coaches from Sport Taekwondo. There were 150 male and 73 female TKD players selected. The TID takes place on February 26/27 in Wolverhampton.

The Talent 2012 Fighting Chance is a groundbreaking initiative which endeavours to mould an Olympic TKD gold medalist from the cream of British martial arts talent. The project aims to unearth exceptional athletes from the combat sports world who have raw talent, drive, commitment and determination to transfer their talent to capitalise on this Olympic opportunity in 2012. Recent rule changes, increasing points scored for kicks to the head, will further enhance this opportunity. Gary Hall, performance director for Sport Taekwondo UK, described the calibre of applicants as "very high, much higher than we initially expected and there are a lot of top quality athletes who were not selected".

Tae Kwon Do first appeared in the Olympics as a demonstration sport in Seoul in 1988 and made its debut as an official Olympic sport at the Sydney Olympic Games. Varying slightly from the traditional Tae Kwon Do which includes semi contact combat, the Olympic Tae Kwon Do focuses on full contact combat.

Lock started Tae Kwon Do 12 years ago and has had a great deal of success in the sports side, winning every national title many times as well as many international titles. She has represented England in the World championships in 2005 where she was ranked number 2. Having had a break from training and competition to look after her 15 month son, she is back on form and focusing her training on this amazing opportunity.

Morgan said: 'To represent Britain in the Olympics would be like a dream come true and the sponsorship I received from Jazz Apples has enabled me to pursue my Olympic goal."

He started Tae Kwon Do aged 7, and has achieved Gold in the British championships in 2007 and 2009 and has been ranked number four in the world.

As well as training and assisting teaching at the Broadclyst Star Tae kwon do classes, Morgan is a Young Olympic Ambassador through which he aims to inspire, educate and encourage others to achieve personal excellence.

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