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.
Sport: Table Tennis
Nicko Anderson is a wheelchair table tennis player. He is only 19 but has already achieved two gold medals in men's open tournaments, competing against adults. He is now ranked number 6 in Great Britian in the Men's Wheelchair Singles. Nicko is currently training to gain a place and compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
Kofi Joseph, 24, ambition to play professional basketball at the highest level has seen him embark on a long journey to the USA. After attending college and competing in various prestigious tournaments he is now a sophomore at John Brown University pursuing his dream.
Joshua Ward-Hibbert, 21, has been playing tennis since the age of 4. The talented athlete also represented England in Basketball before Concentrating on his tennis career. In early 2012 he won the Junior Boys Doubles Grand Slam Title at the Australian Open alongside Liam Broady. Ward-Hibbert holds the record for the fastest serve by a junior player at Wimbledon after clocking a 133 mph serve at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
The foundation of Eden's career started in her early years when she trained from the of age 10 to 15 with world-renowned tennis coach Robert Lansdorp in California, developing her technique and mental game. Prior to turning pro, Eden had a successful junior career reaching the British nationals final at under 12s and was the only British girl to Qualify for Wimbledon juniors in 2012 with wins over top 40 and 70 ranked world ITF Juniors on route to the main draw.
Eden turned professional in January 2014 and is currently ranked WTA 634 in singles and 478 in doubles. In her short professional career thus far, she has won three Pro Tournaments in Egypt and was runner up in Turkey in 2014. In the UK she is Warwick British Tour Champion and was runner up in the British tour in Sheffield in 2014. Recently in January 2015 Eden was crowned Premier British Tour Championship in Birmingham.
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Pavan Sagoo, 19, has been playing Golf since the age of 3 and is viewed as one of the most promising young golfers in England. Pavan has captained the England U16 squad and recently nearly qualified for the British Open.