Quest Taekwondo are celebrating their 3rd athlete to be called up to the Great Britain Junior Development team.
Harriet Akeroyd, 16 from Settle, has followed in the foot steps of team mates Natasha Burdock (Silsden) & Jacob Barnett (Baildon) who are already in the team, with some excellent performances in local and international competitions since joining Quest Taekwondo, based in Keighley and Bingley, last year.
Pictured from left: Natasha Burdock, Jacob Barnett, Harriet Akeroyd, Kieran Young.
Her performances and improvement has been on such an incredible scale that her Coach Rick Simpson recommended her to the Great Britain Taekwondo Academy, most notably her incredible Bronze medal in her A-Class tournament debut at the Trelleborg Open in Sweden, which she entered having only trained in Olympic style Taekwondo for 5 months.
After watching and being inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games Harriet moved from a Taekwondo club she had trained at for 7 years to change style to Quest Taekwondo, which is based in Silsden, Keighley and Bingley, as she wants to compete in Olympic style Taekwondo and see if she has what it takes to compete for Great Britain in a Major Championship, such as the European Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Championships, Youth Olympics or even the Olympic Games in 2016 or beyond, and Quest has a route to the Olympic Games by being in the National Governing Body.
A quote from her Coach Rick Simpson "Harriet has made some great progress since joining us at the back end of last year. She found moving from her old club to ours to be a challenge at the start, due to the differences in intensity and how we train, but since then she's won 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in the 7 competitions she has entered so far. There is a long way to go yet though, as there is for any Junior athlete. It all comes down to training and competition performance now. We have a route to the Olympic Games through our club, and are showing this as we now have 3 of our teenagers in the National Talent Programme. "
Harriet travels for 3 hours a day to train at Quest's clubs in Cottingley, Keighley and Bingley every week, where she has some tough sparring partners in Natasha Burdock (15, Silsden - GB Junior Development Team), Jacob Barnett (16, Baildon - GB Junior Development Team) and Kieran Young (18, Woodside - British & Dutch A-Class Champion). Coach Rick Simpson scrutinises every technique Harriet performs in order to make her the most effective competitor she can be.
Although Harriet is now part of the Great Britain Junior Development team, she will still train with and compete for Quest Taekwondo until she is hopefully selected for a Major Championship, with the Junior European Championships (Portugal - September 2013) in her sights. Harriet will be competing for Quest Taekwondo at the following events:
- 09-10 Mar - German A-Class, Hamburg
- 06-07 Apr - Belgian A-Class, Gent
- tbc Apr - Spanish A-Class, tbc
- 01-02 Jun - Austrian A-Class, Innsbruck