Derbyshire fighter brings medal haul back from Spanish event

Aaron Cobley
Aaron Cobley

Taekwondo ace Aaron Cobley has returned from the WKU World Championships with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

The Staveley fighter, 2015 Chesterfield Young Sportsman of the Year, travelled to Albir in Spain for the international competition, involving athletes from 22 nations including America, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Aaron Cobley

Aaron Cobley

Cobley won bronze in Kumate and silver in the junior male points team, losing to Germany in the final.

He competed in the -60kg light continuous event and met a Lebanese competitor in the semi-final, a team notorious for heavy contact.

The Derbyshire man drove his opponent back and used his flexibility and speed to win the contest.

A german awaited in the final, which was a close match that saw Cobley come out on top.

His performance led to selection for the light continuous junior boys team, in an open weight tournament.

Chesterfield College student Cobley fought first for the team in the semi-final against a Czech Republic fighter who was much heavier than him.

But he demonstrated great skill and determination, winning his round.

The England team came through the semi-final to meet their old adversaries Germany in the final.

Cobley once again got the party started by fighting first.

Up against once again a much heavier opponent he adapted his fighting style circling the German and picking his shots, getting clear kicks to his head. England won 3-0 and the England team coach called Cobley one of the fighters of the tournament.

Aaron’s coach was thrilled with his performance and described the 16-year-old as one of the fighters of the tournament.