Taekwondo: Staveley trio answer England call

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Three martial artists from Staveley Taekwondo Club have been selected to represent England this summer at the world championships in London.

The festival was going to be held in South Korea, however, due to the political situation of the country the International Taekwondo Federation made the decision to move it to England.

The Staveley trio of Andy Cobley, son Aaron Cobley and Poppy Tomkinson all boast black belts, have been training with the club for the past eight years and are also members of the Heart of England Elite Squad.

The oldest member of the squad, Andy, medalled at the championships in 2010 and is proud to be accompanied by his son Aaron, who is the youngest team member.

The Netherthorpe student, 13, will celebrate his 14th birthday at the championships in July.

Aaron has an impressive record while on international duty with a gold, silver and bronze all in his trophy cabinet. He also claimed bronze at the WKA World Championships 2012. While Poppy is the youngest female selected for the England squad. The Year 10 Hasland Hall student is also decorated in national competition with gold, silver and bronze medals in sparring, board breaking and patterns.

Heart of England has selected a squad of 14 to represent the country in London.