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Northern Ireland taekwondo students get a real kick out of meeting Jade Jones

By Kate Buck

Taekwondo students had the opportunity of a lifetime yesterday when double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones jetted into Belfast to give them a masterclass in the Korean martial art.

Jones won gold at the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Taekwondo enthusiasts raised money for three local charities to earn their place on the training day organised by Martin O'Hare and Adam Askew from the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain.

The lucky students got a two-hour session with Jade at the Titanic centre, where she passed on tips on becoming the next Olympic champion.

Jade said: "I've been excited for ages to come here and to raise money and show people how good taekwondo is. I want to teach the kids about the respect and discipline that taekwondo taught me and teach them the kicks that really helped me in the Olympics. The charities are really important to me and it's so important to get their names out there."

The fundraising has so far raised over £13,000 for the Child Brain Injury Trust, the Arvalee School and the Saturday Club, Omagh.

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