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University Supports Teenage Tae Kwon-Do Star in Olympics Bid

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A teenage Tae Kwon-Do star is receiving sports science help from experts at the University of Worcester as part of his bid to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Alex Dowson, who currently competes for England in the sport, is getting specialist fitness testing and nutritional advice, as part of the University’s Athlete Support Scheme, which has been supporting promising young athletes across a range of disciplines since 2010.

The 17-year-old, from Crowle, near Worcester, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to take my martial arts to another level and hopefully set me up for the Olympic Games.”

Alex has been competing in the sport for around six years and in April won the British Championship for points fighting.

He trains regularly with the Cobra Tae Kwon-Do club, an off-shoot of the international Independent Tae Kwon-Do School (ITS).

“I got into the sport through my older brother, who is also very good,” he said. “It’s something I really enjoy and I’m hoping that with this specialist support from the University I can get even better.”

Alex, who will also be joining the University as a student in September, is under going physiological and biomechanical testing with experts from the University’s Motion and Performance Centre, who will be giving him advice on training programmes, nutrition and fitness.

Dr Dan Eastough, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Alex and to work with him and his coach to increase his fitness and skills and hopefully go on to become a world champion.”

The Athlete Support Scheme provides sports science support for two to three promising young local athletes per year who are based within the West Midlands, Herefordshire or Worcestershire or attending a course at the University of Worcester. In order to apply, athletes must be aged 16-24 and be competing at national level or be close to national selection. For more information email mpc@worc.ac.uk

For information on courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk