PUPILS at a borough school have reason to be cheerful after scooping a collection of awards at a national Tae Kwon Do tournament held in Lincolnshire.
Mollie Brennan, Angel Bond, Frankie Farrell and Dylan Farrell all scooped a top three spot in their respective categories following months of hard work and commitment in the DoJoang.
Angel Bond and Dylan Farrell both picked up 1st place in Individual Sparring while Mollie Brennan and Frankie Farrell worked hard for a third place finish in the same categories.
As a bonus, Frankie and Dylan also managed a second place finish in their Tag Team Sparring events.
Coached by ABTKD, a borough Tae Kwon Do club run by Anthony Brennan, the youngsters impressed officials and already have one eye on the upcoming World Championships at the Barclaycard Arena.
Frankie and Dylan praised their coach Sean Rodgers – another key figure in the Solihull Tae Kwon Do scene.
Maxine Bradbury, mother of Mollie and also a Tae Kwon Do fighter, said: “My whole family do it – myself, my partner and daughter.
“We take part in tournaments throughout the year and the children at St Anne’s School are enjoying their time in Tae Kwon Do right now.
“Tournaments are often family orientated with plenty of people involved and we have just had the Welsh Championships coming up in May, followed by the World Championships at the Barclaycard Arena.”
Maxine’s daughter Mollie has benefitted tremendously from Tae Kwon Do – and the help of her partner Anthony has gone a long way in helping Mollie reach a top three spot for her category.
She added: “Anthony has covered the Solihull borough and the sport is definitely growing.
“Tae Kwon Do has taught Mollie and myself a range of skills including flexibility and perseverance but most importantly it has taught us discipline and self control.
“Mollie has made some great friends and she’s now confident in her self and strong minded which is great.
“In total we had 12 students competing and came back home with 14 results so it’s massive for the club and I’m extremely proud of everyone who took part.”
For more information about Tae Kwon Do in Solihull, visit www.abtkd.co.uk