Dylan wins British Boys' Blackbelt Taekwondo title

ANTRIM TKD fighter Dylan Downey is the new Boys’ Blackbelt Taekwondo British champion.

Birmingham Arena was the venue for the British Taekwondo Championships with over 1,500 competitors from across the UK competing for titles and medals.

Dylan and fellow Antrim TKD fighters William Downey and Ewan Hood and Dylan Downey were members of the Northern Ireland squad who travelled over to participate in the prestigious event.

The Northern Ireland squad performed magnificently and returned home with a number of medals, the highlight of which was Dylan’s magnificent achievement.

Fourteen-year-old Dylan is also the current Northern Ireland champion and Scottish Bronze Medalist.

Winning the British title has crowned a fantastic year for him.

A spokesman from Antrim TKD said "Everyone involved with the club is very proud of Dylan for winning the British title.

“The years of training and perseverance have finally paid off and earned Dylan a major competition title.”

Dylan’s success and training commitment in the art of Taekwondo is supported by his Antrim club instructor Lloyd Neeson and Northern Ireland team coach Adam Askew, from Banbridge.

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