Ali-Hayder, profoundly deaf from High Wycombe competed at the Best Leg Taekwondo International Open held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. In the sweltering heat on Sunday 17th July, the competition saw more than 250 athletes from 24 teams perform in front of a boisterous arena.
LTA Coach Master Chaniel Patel said “I had the pleasure of coaching Ali, who competed in the children’s -26kg category. This was also Ali’s first sparring competition, and for many children Ali’s age who compete for the first time, they usually feel apprehensive in the build up to their match. However, in Ali’s case, he appeared completely calm, but more so excited to step onto the mats and spar. Fighting with focus and determination throughout his match, Ali came away with a well-deserved Bronze medal. Ali’s achievements in Taekwondo are an inspiration to everyone in the club, from his peers to his coaches. I am incredibly proud to be part of an organisation such as London Taekwondo Academy that believes in the potential of those with special needs. Anything is possible with the right mindset, and Ali is a perfect example of this.”
Lesley Reeves-Costi , Headteacher at Heathlands School commented ‘great news about Ali’s performance at the International Open, he is going from strength to strength!’.
Well done to all involved! 😊