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Jack's Olympic dream

PUBLISHED: 12:03 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:18 14 July 2010

Jack Spall with his trophy from the north Wales tournament.

Jack Spall with his trophy from the north Wales tournament.

Jack Spall from Attleborough is aiming high - his ultimate dream is competing in taekwondo for Britain at the Olympics.

But he's not aiming for London 2012 as he is only 11.

Jack Spall from Attleborough is aiming high - his ultimate dream is competing in taekwondo for Britain at the Olympics.

But he's not aiming for London 2012 as he is only 11. He hopes to make the grade in time for the 2016 Games.

He has been a practioner of taekwondo for almost five years and belt-wise is currently a red stripe.

Dad Graham said: “He has aspirations to follow the footsteps of taekwondo champions Sarah Stevenson and Aaron Cook. who will be representing the UK in 2012.

“I could possibly go on forever about how proud we are, especially with his potential. We hope he will continue to learn over the next five or six years ready for the 2016 Olympics.”

Jack has competed in many competitions across the country in recent months.

At the TAGB (Taekwondo Association of Great Britain) North Wales Championships in Deeside earlier this month, Jack was the only competitor from the eastern region, but rose to the challenge by coming third in the U16 blue belt category from 34 other competitors.

His dad said: “We are so proud as he came in third place, which is exceptional up against such a high standard,”

Jack has a very busy 12 months ahead of him as he is in training for the 2010 Taekwondo World Championships in Telford International Arena in September.

Also this year he will compete in the English Championships in March, the Welsh in May and the Scottish in September, along with many other regional events too.

His dad said: “Jack's commitment is without question as he trains with his local club for two and a half hours every night, Mondays Norwich, Tuesday Fakenham, Wednesday in Dereham, Thursday Attleborough, Friday Norwich and senior and sparring training session almost every Saturday and Sunday.”

Jack had a personal coach with him in north Wales - Liam Palmer from Dereham, who is aiming for the 2012 Games.

“Jack was very priviliged to have a personal coach with him in north Wales who travelled solely to inspire and train him, his name is Liam Palmer who has won 24 trophies in taekwondo of which 17 are gold.

“Jack would like to offer a huge thank you to his one-to-one coach Muhtar Hussein who has been a continual inspiration to him.”

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