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Former St Bonaventure’s pupil Christian McNeish eyeing gold reward at World Taekwondo Championships

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 June 2017

Plaistow's Christian McNeish is going to the European Taekwondo Championships in Switzerland (pic: GB Taekwondo)

Plaistow's Christian McNeish is going to the European Taekwondo Championships in Switzerland (pic: GB Taekwondo)

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Plaistow fighter is determined to achieve career high in South Korea and discusses development of his younger sister Isobella

Great Britain athlete Christian McNeish is hoping to achieve a career high this month when he competes in the World Taekwondo Championships.

The tournament, which is being held in South Korea, starts on Thursday June 22 and runs until June 30.

McNeish, fresh from winning the Moldova Open at -74 category, is confident of securing more glory.

He said: “I definitely want a gold medal. I believe I can achieve that, but I need to fight right and do what I have been doing.

“The best moment of my career so far was winning my first tournament (2014 Commonwealth Championships), but winning at the World Championships would be up there.

“I think it would definitely be the highlight so far and number one, so hopefully I can do that.”

After fighting in the Junior World Championships three years ago, McNeish is excited to compete in the senior tournament.

The Plaistow talent is also driven on by failing to achieve his target at that previous event in Taipei City.

McNeish added: “I have fought in the Junior World Championships and reached the quarter-finals.

“I really should have won a medal that year, but this will be my first senior World Championships and I am looking forward to it.”

The 20-year-old has claimed plenty of success in recent months, winning one gold as well as three silvers.

A lack of injuries have enabled the former St Bonaventure’s student to focus purely on competitions, which definitely appear to be benefitting him.

“I am feeling fit and I have had some issues with my back previously,” said McNeish, who flied out to South Korea last Saturday.

“But I have gone a couple of months without any type of aches or pains. I think that has helped me a lot and allowed me to focus more.”

McNeish is based at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester and recently was joined by a relative.

His 18-year-old sister, Isobella, has successfully come through the rigorous Fighting Chance, talent ID initiative.

Isobella McNeish is now based at the GB Academy with her older brother, and eager to make a name for herself in the sport.

“It is interesting to see her competing in the sport and doing it. I never picture myself doing this, let along her,” said Christian McNeish.

“I have been living up here for the last three years and don’t normally get to see a lot of my family, so it has been nice to have her with me.

“I am definitely hoping she can go on and do well for herself and it would be great to see her compete in big events like the World Championships.”


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