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Jade heads to a training camp in Spain
Date: 30/9/2011
Well after I busy summer I went to Spain to do some test matches with International competitors at the end of August. This was a really good event for me and I learnt a lot in the week that I was out there. I also got a bit of a tan as well as the weather was really good - an added bonus! Being able to compete against athletes from other countries gives us more opportunity to assess how our training is going.

I've been given a bit of a nickname in the sport. It's the ‘The headhunter'. This name started when I first joined the academy in Manchester as I always kicked to the head and rarely went to the body. I love being part of the sport. British Taekwondo just gets better all the time with many British athletes aiming for medals, this wasn't the case a few years ago and it's brilliant for raising the profile of Taekwondo. Since I moved to Manchester permanently, thanks to lottery funding, I have been able to focus 100% on training and competing. This was vital for me to be successful next year.

Training has been going really well with my new coaches and I am looking forward to competing at the British Open in Manchester in October. At the start of next year I am going to Mexico to do some high quality training which will be an important start to an exciting year.

Some more great news, I recently found out I have been nominated to be a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games through Sport England. It's really exciting and a great honour. Sport England is looking for 53 people to carry the Olympic Flame when it travels around the UK in May, June and July. I will find out in a few months time.

In my next blog you can read how I get on at the British Open...fingers crossed!

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