After her industrial year in placement, Katie Bradley returned to the University of Plymouth for her final year in BSc (Hons) Mechanical Design & Manufacture (Engineering) and was immediately back on the competitive taekwondo mats.
And it was a successful start at the London Open International at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, culminating in her demolishing her opponent in the final 28-7 and taking home the gold medal.
Now a 4th Dan Master, probably the youngest in the country, Katie recently passed her accreditation as a coach, aiming to inspire the next generation to enjoy and experience everything she has in her sport.
So the competition was her first time officially stepping into the ring with the responsibility of coaching another student. She coached two students, the first won his match to progress in the competition, and the second won his final against the favoured player and more experienced coach to take gold.
“I’m really happy with taking the gold in my own competition, and my start to coaching - I was far more nervous about sitting in the coaches chair, but after the first match it felt natural and I’m looking forward to getting more experience soon!”
Next up for Katie will be The British National Championships, followed by The British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) university series competitions.