Leah continued her incredible year by taking the Taekwondo British Championship title last weekend at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. The event, run by GB Taekwondo, is the biggest in the country and this year attracted over 600 competitors.
Leah won silver in her first attempt for the British title last year, however the 13 year old black belt from Keighley has made rapid strides since then, and is proving to be one to watch for the future as she continues to excel at major championships. Competing in the Advanced Cadet – 51kg category Leah completely dominated to firmly confirm her status as Britain’s number one.
In her semi-final , Leah took complete control from the start flattening her opposite number with a thundering back kick within the opening seconds of the bout. Leah looked unstoppable throwing a barrage of high section head shots that her opponent just could not deal with and the fight was stopped in the second round with a 21-0 scoreline.
Leah faced fellow Great Britain squad member Gnanapandithan from the Gurumu club of London in her final. The contest was far less one sided than the semi final, but just as impressive a performance against stiff opposition. Leah took a 4-0 lead after the first round, and round two saw the Keighley girl step up a gear scoring with several head shots to build up 14-1 lead, and the British title, having built a scoreline gap of over 12 points which ends the fight.
We would like to congratulate Leah on another remarkable performance, and the prestigious honour of the British title – truly stretching beyond!