Manx Taekwondo youngster Nino Ontoy trained with Great Britain coaches at the recent Manchester World Taekwondo Grand Prix.
This opportunity arose as a result of Nino’s gold medal at the British Taekwondo National Championships and also in recognition of his hard work and achievement.
Together with his dad Dom, Nino arrived at the Manchester Regional Arena in the Etihad Campus recently where they met Emily Mumford, performance pathway coordinator for GB Taekwondo, before being given an accreditation pass for the three-day Manchester Grand Prix.
The following day the youngster travelled to the GB Taekwondo Academy at Ten Acres Lane Leisure Centre to train alongside the GB national squad.
It was a gruelling and intense training during which he learned lots of scoring and protection techniques for the competition as well as meeting new and old friends and also some of his adversaries in previous competitions.
The training lasted for almost two hours, after which Nino received a certificate, a ticket for his dad to watch the Grand Prix for a day and a GP t-shirt to be worn in the afternoon training at Manchester Regional Arena.
The latter training took place on the the court where the competitions were held while competitors and spectators watched on. Nino showed dominance on his three-round of tag-team sparring and, despite all of his opponents being bigger, he still managed to land several head shots.
Training again lasted for two hours and the coaches were happy with his performance on both sessions so hopefully he will be invited to train again.
After training, he watched the Grand Prix competition, cheering on all GB squad players especially Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad to round off a truly memorable weekend.
Anyone interested in joining Manx Taekwondo or for further information can visit the club’s Facebook page or contact Rod Nielsen on 436181.