MARTIAL ARTS: Hard training pays off as siblings lead medal charge

SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Students from the Annabel Murcott Schools of Tae Kwon Do are pictured after their awards night. Photo supplied
SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Students from the Annabel Murcott Schools of Tae Kwon Do are pictured after their awards night. Photo supplied
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Brother and sister duo Sophie and Kieran Fowler both came home with medals for the Annabel Murcott Schools of Tae Kwon Do at the South Midlands Championships.

Sophie secured silver in the team sparring at the Hereford event, while Kieran bagged a bronze in the individual sparring discipline.

There was further success for the school – which has branches in Bourne, Deeping, Billingborough and Thurlby amongst others – in the shape of Megan Hartfil-Allgood, who also came away with a silver medal in team sparring.

Although all three are part of the Murcott stable, they train under the watchful eye of Billingborough-based instructor Gez Earth, 4th Dan.

He said: “They put in some hard training leading up to the tournament and it paid off.

“All three are an inspiration to the rest of the club’s younger students.”

Instructor Earth currently has space for all ages and fitness levels. You can call Annabel on 01780 410609 for your free lesson.

• Annabel Murcott’s schools of Tae Kwon Do recently held their annual Awards for 2013.

The school currently has around 400 students, ranging from four years old to 74 years young.

Murcott herself has had some good news, having been chosen as one of only three referees to go to Davos in Switzerland to represent the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain.

There, countries from all over the world will meet up for a two-day event at the European Tae Kwon Do Federation’s World Championships

Murcott said: “So many sports award the student that has natural abilities and sometimes forget those that have to work hard.

“These awards are not given easily – they have to impress us all over the year.

“But it was a good start to what will be a busy year and everyone had a fantastic night.”

• 2013 award winners: Assistant Instructor of the year – Clare Brown (Bourne).

• Student of the year (Bourne) – Benjamin Lamb; Student of the year (Billingborough) – Alex Nelms; Student of the year (Thurlby) – Jennine Helliwell; Student of the year (Deeping) – Thomas Ellis; Student of the year (Werrington) – Sophie Godfrey; Student of the year (Hampton) – Michael Sutton; Student of the year (Yaxley) – Grace Behan; Student of the year (Stanground) – Angelo Iluliano.

• Tiger of the year (under 11yrs) –Jacob Townsend (Stamford) and Finleigh Bastin-Northcot (Thurlby).