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Martial Arts is different to other sports in so many ways. One resounding quality is that talent is almost always recognised and rewarded. There may be no better demonstration of this than GB Taekwondo's extremely thorough talent identification programme.
#Taekkers is a talent scouting platform launched by GB Taekwondo in January 2018, whereby young martial artists from any and all backgrounds and styles can upload videos to social media to be in with a chance of representing their country.
Joel Walsh is one such young talent and his dreams have come true thanks to a simple instagram video. Joel is a kickboxer from Cardiff, having previously competed with success for Spartans Kickboxing. Now’s he’s a the newest member of GB Taekwondo’s elite performance squad in Manchester and looking forward to forging a new sporting career.
He told GB Taekwondo - “Everyone says it’s their dream is to compete at the Olympics. That would be fantastic. But Britain hasn’t yet produced a male world champion so that is the dream.”
Joel is no stranger to Olympic style Taekwondo or success. He previously entered the National TKD Championships in Manchester and won the -63kg title.
“I can’t believe how friendly everyone has been. I am the new boy but everyone has been so welcoming, offering me hints and tips. It’s been great.”
Regarding the #Taekkers initiative which has giving him this opportunity, Joel added: “It is a good and efficient way of scouting talent. The world is changing and everyone uses social media. It was great to be picked up this way.
It just so happened I had a good trial as well so it feels amazing to be here."
YOU COULD BE NEXT - If you're interested in getting yourself considered, sign up for the GB Taekwondo Talent Scout Portal here.
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