Pawel becomes club’s first European black belt

Black belt Pawel Harowicz with fellow members of Spalding Kickers
Black belt Pawel Harowicz with fellow members of Spalding Kickers
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Pawel Harowicz has become Spalding Kickers’ first black belt in their 21-year history after passing his 1st Dan at the first attempt.

The talented martial artist passed at the official taekwondo federation grading in Mansfield, to the delight of club founder Tony Temple.

Temple said: “We’re really pleased with Pawel. He has only been with us for about a year but he has absolutely the right attitude and we’re delighted that he passed first time.

“There is a 40 per cent failure rate so for Pawel to pass first time is a testament to his commitment and training ethos.”

Harowicz and several others joined the Kickers when their original club at Spalding Grammar School folded and he has quickly established himself as one of their star members.

But several others are hoping to follow in his footsteps.

Temple added: “We have several more young students who wish to take their black belt at the November grading.

“Pawel has set a first-class example and hopefully the others will also go on to get their black belts.”

The club’s first taekwondo lesson took place at Castle Sports Complex 21 years ago and they are still going strongly.

“People do it for different reasons but we are essentially a family club and like to get parents to bring their children so they can train as a family,” added Temple.

The club train from 7.30-8.45pm on Fridays and from 10.30am-noon on Sundays at the Castle Sports Complex.