Plaistow lad flying the flag for Great Britain at the World University Games
PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 July 2015
Youngster is hoping to impress and take another step towards earning selection for the Rio Olympics
Plaistow’s taekwondo star Christian McNeish is preparing to represent Great Britain in South Korea tomorrow (Thursday).
The 18-year-old is currently in Gwangju gearing up for the 2015 World University Games alongside five other Great Britain members in the taekwondo squad.
He is one of 10,000 athletes from over 150 countries competing at the Games and takes part in the under-68kg category tomorrow.
McNeish won the Turkish Open in Antalya at the same weight in February and the youngster won bronze in the Youth Olympic Games last year in Nanjing too, although that was at the under-63kg category.
Although he has stepped up a weight since his bronze at the Youth Olympics, the talented ace will be hoping to impress in South Korea.
A strong performance in Gwangju this week will aid his chances of earning selection for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
McNeish won the Junior Male Great Britain Taekwondo athlete of the year for 2014, but hasn’t had it all his own way recently.
The youngster, who studies at Connell College in Manchester, suffered a back injury in March and was out of action for over nine weeks before returning to training again in May. Despite that setback, he will be seeking to show his ability in South Korea.
Great Britain have taken a strong delegation of 67 athletes and 35 coaches to the Games. Chef de Mission Andy Hibbert is heading to the event for the second time and is excited about leading the next generation of GB athletes.
Hibbert said: “The Games are a fantastic spectacle and provide an excellent opportunity for those elite athletes who are also studying, to gain competitive sporting experience on a world stage.
“Great Britain has had a long tradition in sending tomorrow’s sporting stars to the World University Games and I look forward to supporting this year’s athletes in South Korea.”
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