The UTF London International took place at the Lee Valley Athletics stadium, Edmonton, London N9 0AR on Sunday 30th September 2018. There was just the one representative from KMA Sports Academy and that was 7 year old Sienna Pope.
Sienna was competing in the full contact Taekwondo event. Weighing in at 26kg in the female Peewee category, she had some tough contenders, one of which she has had a previous match with several months ago and prevailed at that event also taking gold.
It never ceases to amaze me how courageous these kids are; they show so much spirit when stepping in to a ring to compete and go toe to toe with their opponent. A true reflection of character, something that will help shape their character in years to come.
Sienna's first match was well fought, she was trailing in the first two rounds and then came out the starting blocks in the third round firing kicks that took her in to the lead to earn herself a place in the finals.
The finals was against an opponent she fought several months back; we knew this wasn't going to be an easy match. We set a goal plan and Sienna stuck to it; she took on board the instruction and executed well timed attacks that earned her some high scores. The match was three rounds each round lasting one minute. Both players were amazing and Sienna ended up taking the Gold medal.
As coach and father i'm so thrilled my daughter won the gold medal; it came with tremendous hard work she dedicated in the class. She'll be a good captain of the sport and help inspire others in the academy.
Coach Des KMA Sports Academy