Dutch success for Normanton club

Impressive medal haul: Black Widow Taekwondo Club at the Dutch Masters.
Impressive medal haul: Black Widow Taekwondo Club at the Dutch Masters.

A team of 15 players and supporting staff from Normanton-based Black Widow Taekwondo Club returned with three golds, three silvers and five bronze medals from the Dutch Masters competition in Rotterdam.

Gold medals were won by eight-year-old Keira Marsh and 11-year-old Luke Outram in their first-ever internationals and Ben Shillitoe, eight, who added to the bronze he picked up last year.

Silvers went to Eliza Bridges, seven, Chelsea Culshaw, nine, and Cara Moody, 13.

Bronze medals winners were Luke Outram, 11, Jake Grady, 12, Keira Marsh, eight, Finlay Moody, 10, and Dylan Gill-Sivitter, 13.

Other players to take part were Stevie and Naimh Grady, Katie Shillitoe and Darren Marsh, proud dad of Keira.

The Dutch success was followed up by another player from the Normanton club, Andre Holland, being selected for the Great Britain team for the upcoming World Masters Games in Turin, Italy in August.

Black Widow coach Rich Fairhurst has also been appointed Great Britain head coach for the event.

He said: “It’s been a great year so far and the kids were brilliant, a credit to themselves and the club. I’m proud of all of them.”

Black Widow Taekwondo train in Normanton and are the only club in the Wakefield area that teaches Olympic Taekwondo. They run classes for all ages from four upwards and anyone interested in joining or who would like to try a free trial lesson can ring 07878131575.