Harleen Kaur, aged 17, currently studying at Appleton Academy Sixth Form. She started Karate 11 years ago when she attended a class with her best friend as they were birthday lessons for her. Harleen is now a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate working towards grading to a 3rd Dan. She has also attended kickboxing competitions, winning many medals, titles and trophies. One of these include the WMKF British Championships where she won a Gold and a Bronze medal.
After this, she was selected to represent England at the World Championships, becoming the first British Asian female to represent WMKF England. she fought in the World Championships last year where she came second and won a silver medal. Following this, she received the honour of being the youngest ever winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, where she won the sports category.
Having the opportunity to encourage young kids into learning self-defence means a lot to me because it makes me feel proud of my achievements and how I am helping others to do well too. In summer 2016 I spent 6 weeks volunteering in India in association with a government lead sports campaign, 'Youth For Change (YFC Rurka Kalan)'. It involved me teaching PE to children every day for 2 hours, visiting various schools giving inspirational talks and holding self-defence camps. The highlight of my trip was being able to open a sports club for girls in a local village with YFC.
Recently, Harleen has started WTF Taekwondo (Olympic Style) and hopes to represent GB in the near future. She has already won a few medals in Taekwondo competitions and will betravelling to Germany next year to compete in the German Open.
I think it is important to be a role model and future champion for Sporting equals because I would like to get involved in working in my local area to encourage more people from ethnic minority to get involved with sports and physical activity.