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Angel fights for title of Special Needs Taekwon-Do World Champion

May 10th 2019

by Nottingham College

A student studying a supported learning course at Nottingham College is succeeding against the odds, as she competes for the title of Taekwon-Do World Champion in the ITF World Championships in New Zealand later this year.

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“Taekwon-Do has been part of my life for over 25 years. My two sons are both five times world champions and my foster daughter, Kerryanne Stevens, is also a world champion. We have 13 black belts between us in our family, including myself and my husband. Angel took an immediate interest in the sport and she gets so much out of it, both physically and mentally, we’re so proud of her.”

Foster mum, Sally, who is also Angel’s coach

“It was an opportunity that I didn’t want Angel to miss out on. It turned out that she was the only girl competing, but she exceeded all expectations and took away the gold medal. When she competes in October she’ll be fighting to keep her title of World Champion. Taking Angel to New Zealand is an honour and a privilege. She has worked and trained so hard and it’s a real achievement. She has had a lot of setbacks but has now found joy and success through sport. I would encourage anyone, whether they have special needs or not, to get active and try new things. If you work hard and want something enough, you really can achieve anything.”

Sally explains

Angel and her Foster mum/coach Sally

“I am looking forward to seeing the friends I made back in 2016 in Brighton. Taekwondo makes me so happy. If I’ve had a bad day it calms me down and cheers me up. I am excited to take part in the competition and I hope to bring back the gold medal because I want to be a champion!”


“During the time that Angel has been with us, she has not only grown in confidence, but she also shows fantastic resilience during each task and challenge she is given. Myself and the other SLDD staff members are very proud of her achievements. She puts a lot of time and effort into training for her Taekwondo classes and competitions, and now the hard work has paid off. We wish her all the very best for the ITF World Championships and hope that she has a fantastic time in New Zealand.”

Personal Tutor, Zubia Haque

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