Taekwondo: Sinden aims to follow in Stevenson’s footsteps

Bradly Sinden (centre) tops the podium at the recent Junior European Championships in Latvia.
Bradly Sinden (centre) tops the podium at the recent Junior European Championships in Latvia.

European champion Bradly Sinden is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Doncaster’s taekwondo trailblazer Sarah Stevenson.

Sinden recently won gold at the Junior European Championships in Latvia.

In doing so, the Stainforth teenager became the first junior male representing Great Britain to win a European title for eight years.

The 17-year-old will become a senior competitor next month and will start to amass qualification points for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo - where he hopes to emulate Stevenson’s success.

He is a former pupil of Stevenson’s coaching workshops.

“My ultimate goal is to become a full time Taekwondo athlete,” said Ash Hill Academy student Sinden.

“The aim is to follow in the footsteps of my fellow Doncaster athlete Sarah Stevenson MBE - who is one of my GB junior coaches - and represent GB at the World Championships and the Olympics.

“When it was recognised that I had some talent, we started to look around for opportunities for extra training and I attended the ‘Sarah Stevenson Inspires’ workshops where I was told that I had the potential to go far,” he added.

“In 2012 I was selected to join the newly-formed GB Taekwondo development programme as part of the cadet squad and I have moved up from there.”

Sinden, now a 4th Dan black belt, started practicing Taekwondo at the age of just four and won his first national championship aged ten.

Last year he became Commonwealth champion in the junior -55kg category.

In September, ranked as number one junior in Great Britain, he won both the junior and senior -63kg titles at the British Championships.

Bradly and his family would like to thank Ash Hill Academy, his club Kings TKD and Sportsaid for their continued support. Anyone interested in sponsoring Bradly can contact his mother Sheryl by emailing sherylsinden@yahoo.co.uk.