'It was a shock' - Student wins bronze in international taekwondo competition

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Isra Ilyas is the Secretary of Southampton Universities taekwondo union.
Isra Ilyas is the Secretary of Southampton Universities taekwondo union.

A SOUTHAMPTON student has won bronze representing the UK at an international taekwondo competition.

Isra Ilyas fought for bronze in the European University Games held in Lodz, Poland last month.

The 25-year-old living in Portswood has competed for over two years.

She began her training whilst studying to become a doctor at Southampton University.

She said: "It was quite a shock to actually win a medal since I haven't been able to compete in the nationals since 2019 because of Covid.

"It was also at the start of my exams so I really wasn't at the level I should have been.

"It's quite hard balancing both university and my training but I don't live too far away from where we train.

"I hope this success helps raise awareness of taekwondo as a sport and at the university and through more awareness of the sport the club can gain more funding for their athletes."

Isra is the Secretary of Southampton Universities taekwondo union.

Phil Malatesta, Head of Community Services at the University of Southampton, said: "The University of Southampton is exceptionally proud of Isra’s achievement at these games.

"We also acknowledge her overall dedication to Taekwondo, her sports scholarship, and her studies.

"I know the Southampton Sport Performance team is really looking forward to continuing to work with Isra.”

Daily Echo: Isra Ilyas was selected to represent Great Britain at the European University Games
Daily Echo: Isra Ilyas was selected to represent Great Britain at the European University Games

Isra Ilyas was selected to represent Great Britain at the European University Games

Isra previously placed fifth in her weight division through training from LMC taekwondo under ex-GB athlete Max Cater.

Max, who has previously represented Great Britain at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2015 and 2017, says Isra has been "fantastic".

He said: "She's done so well both in previous championships and now in the polish open. She's actually going back to Poland in September to compete.

"I always say to the people I'm training it's about mentality and physicality and she's been fantastic in both."

Isra's next event will be the Polish Open in September. For more information about the sport, contact LMC taekwondo.

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