Team Sunderland Elite Athlete Cameron Park won silver at this weekend’s British National Championships in Taekwondo.
Park travelled to the competition at the University of Worcester with high hopes and was delighted to come away with a silver medal in the Under 30 category.
The University of Sunderland student finished in the top 10 at the European Poomsae Championships in April and is hoping to qualify for next year’s World Championships in Denmark.
Park said: “I was feeling a lot of pressure to perform with the competition being so vital for selection for the World Championships.
“The British Championships are the main home competition for the year and while there are other opportunities to earn selection it was important to get a good performance under my belt.”
As well as acting as a selection event for the World Championships the British Championships also determine selection for the Great Britain training squad, something Park should find out in a week’s time.
The 22-year-old has been training hard in CitySpace with the strength & conditioning team to be ready for the year ahead and gives credit to the team for preparing him.
“The strength & conditioning work has been so valuable I could feel the effects of the work I’ve put in and it’s been great to have the input of Chris (Curtis) coaching me.”
Park has been on the Elite Athlete Scheme for two years now and was delighted to receive support again this year.
“I’m over the moon that the University has recognised me again this year and continues to support me in my sporting ambitions.”
Park, who picked up Team Sunderland’s Sportsperson of the Year award in May, is next in action in mid-January competing in the British International in London where he will hope to further his claims for selection for the World Championships.