TAEKWONDO: Mansfield student and teacher both get England call-up

Samworth Church Academy's Lewie Hynes trains with Taekwondo teacher Simon Scales at the Academy
Samworth Church Academy's Lewie Hynes trains with Taekwondo teacher Simon Scales at the Academy

A Mansfield student and teacher are both celebrating after being chosen to represent England at the Unified International Taekwondo Federation (UITF) World Championships later this month.

Samworth Church Academy year nine student Lewie Hynes has been recognised with the honour, along with his Taekwondo teacher Simon Scales who trains with him.

Lewie will be competing in the individual and team events for Junior Boys (ages 13-17) and said: “I’m not nervous and haven’t changed my training routine. I am working harder during my training though and I am proud to have been chosen.”

Simon, who takes three after-school classes said that he and Lewie were thrilled to get the news.

He said: “Both Lewie and I received the news directly from Master Gary Bradshaw in an Elite class session.

“I am nervous, which is only natural.

“As long as I give 100% all of the time I will have done myself proud regardless if I win any medals or not.”

The competition will be held at the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield from July 10-13.

Competitors will be split into age groups and then weighted divisions,