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Plaistow youngster McNeish excited for World Taekwondo Grand Prix on his home turf

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 October 2017

Christian McNeish

Christian McNeish

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Plaistow fighter Christian McNeish will be competing on home soil at the World Para Taekwando Championships and World Taekwondo Grand Prix at the Copper Box in the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Christian McNeishChristian McNeish

The Great Britain athlete will be competing against a host of Olympic and international stars for four days starting on Thursday.

The 20-year-old can’t wait for the experience and a chance to improve on his international performances.

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s my home town, it’s literally my borough as well, so people can come and watch me for a change as I’m always away and competing internationally,” McNeish said.

“It’s difficult for people to come and watch me, so it will be nice for my family and friends.”

The rising star, who recently competed in his first Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia, is now hoping his home turf will help his performance.

“My first Grand Prix was just the other day in Moscow and I want to improve on my performance for that.

“Home advantage is always a plus, in any sport it has an impact on your performance, so it being where I live it hopefully will.”

The former St Bonaventure’s pupil admits he just wants to enjoy the experience rather than pile the pressure on himself.

“I just want to go and enjoy it.

“That’s literally my goal, enjoy it, perform well and then the rewards will come.”

The youngster who has only been partcipating in the sport for the past four years after converting from kick boxing revealed it’s more about trying to make it into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for him than winning on home turf.

“It would be nice, but for me this competition is more about points and working towards Tokyo.

“That’s the main idea about winning for me and it would be a nice way to end the year as I’ve got my last few tournaments coming up.”

McNeish who has been training twice a day and balancing his college work, revealed he has no role models other than his dad.

“I don’t really have role models, just because you could look up to someone and then you have to fight them the next day 
in the ring as it’s that kind of sport.

“More than anyone I look up to people like my dad and a lot of my older team-mates because they’re more experienced than me.”

Tickets are available to adults for the whole four days for only £45, while a day pass on Saturday and Sunday is only £20 each.

Junior supporters can get in to watch their heroes for only £23 with an all weekend access pass that includes the first ever World Para Taekwando Championships in the UK and can get a day pass for just £10.


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