Sport and Public Services students say it will be hard to forget a trip to the World Para Taekwondo Championships after meeting GB athlete Amy Truesdale who went on to win gold just a few hours later!
The Level 1 group spent a day at the Copper Box in London on Thursday 19th October watching athletes compete as well as taking part in mini workshops to learn more about the sport.
The purpose of the trip was to introduce students to a different sport, show inclusivity in sport and see how events at a high level are organised.
Public Services lecturer Sue Davis, who accompanied the Lackham students, said: “The students had a fab time, we all did!
“They were able to watch the opening ceremony along with medal presentations and some spectacular Taekwondo bouts.
“They really enjoyed being able to mingle with the athletes who sat alongside the public and were also visited by the championship mascot who was more than happy to post for photos with the students!
“The highlight of the day though for them was meeting Amy Truesdale and wishing her luck on her journey to win gold – which she went on to do that evening!”
The 28-year-old athlete reclaimed the K44 +58kg title she won in 2014 with a dominant victory.
She was leading 17-3 in the final when her Moroccan opponent Rajae Ajkermach was forced to retire with an ankle injury.
The students also enjoyed the chance to take in the sights at the Queen Elizabeth Park, identifying iconic venues from the 2012 Olympic Games – their favourite being the Olympic stadium, now home to West Ham United Football Club.