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Welsh Taekwondo teen Jade Jones set to represent GB

Jade Jones
Jade Jones will fly to Mexico in March to represent Great Britain

Flintshire Taekwondo star Jade Jones has been selected to represent Great Britain in the upcoming Youth Olympic Games qualification tournament.

The 16-year-old said she was "made up" at the prospect of competing on the international stage.

Jones recently won the junior under-55kg class at the British National Championships in Manchester.

The World Taekwondo Federation qualification tournament will be held in Mexico in March.

Jones has been earmarked as a rising martial arts star of the future.

She retained her Junior British title in the under-55kg category in September and won gold in the Paris A Class International Open in December.

Jones went on to triumph at the British National Championships in Manchester in January.

She completely dominated the competition in her category with the referee forced to stop two of her three fights. She went on to win with scores of 14-0, 13-1 and 17-0.

"I had a brilliant time," said Jones. "I was nervous because there was a lot of pressure on me but I'm really chuffed with my performance."

Following a string of successes, the Welsh youngster is expected to dominate in her classification in the UK as well as making her mark on the international stage.

Despite her recent form, Jones said she would now work on further improving her technique.

"I need to make less silly mistakes and work on my basic game. There is always room for improvement," she added.

The qualification tournament is to be held in between 3 March and 5 March with the first Youth Olympic Games taking place in Singapore in August.



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