Katie will be representing Plymouth University at the British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) National Championships, taking place at Worcester University on Sunday 28 February 2016.
“I am really excited as this is my first opportunity to represent the University as a student, and of course I am hoping to bring back the title.” Katie told us.
Not only is the event a national championships, but it has also been nominated as a selection criteria event by British Taekwondo for the European Student Games, which take place in Croatia in July. A title will provide Katie with a further opportunity to train with the elite National Team coaches at the Olympic Academy in Manchester and the possibility of being selected for the Student Games team.
Since September Katie has been learning to balance her elite training and competition schedule with her mechanical engineering studies at Plymouth University.
“It’s been a really tough start to the year,” Katie tells us. “I had to miss some important ranking events due to my first semester exams and the last four weeks have been an immersive module in my second semester (completing a full 20 credit module in four weeks.). This makes it very difficult to train and I’ve actually had to miss some club sessions due to late lectures I couldn’t afford to miss.”
Katie carried on to explain that thanks to the Students’ Union (UPSU) providing use of the squash courts for training, she has been able to do her own training in the mornings to keep her preparations on schedule. She is also very grateful for the sport therapy provided by the Sport Excellence scholarship which is an important aid in treating minor injuries and niggles before they can become more problematic.
Ahead for Katie in March and April are several Olympic ranking point tournaments in Europe; Dutch Open, Belgian Open, Presidents Cup and German Open.
Good luck Katie.