Leah finishes year with a gold

Leah Moorby with her gold medal

Leah Moorby with her gold medal

First published in Sport

Keighley’s Leah Moorby continued her recent excellent form from the Croatian Open with a superb gold-medal performance in Germany last weekend.

The Ultimate Taekwondo member took top spot in the under-47kg Advanced Cadet category in the Parks Pokal Taekwondo Open Champion-ship in Stuttgart.

The tournament is a well-respected event on the European circuit which attracted over 900 competitors from countries such as Italy, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece and Holland.

The contest was a GB Taekwondo selection criteria event for the Cadet European Championships in Romania next summer, which meant there was a high turnout from across the UK.

The Holy Family School pupil demolished her first opponent from Germany with an impressive display of high head shots, resulting in the bout being stopped at the end of round two with a 15-0 scoreline.

Her next fight was a quarter-final against an Austrian opponent. The 13-year-old continued her excellent start with a 7-3 victory over the three rounds.

Leah’s semi-final was against another German fighter and, following coach Kath Hook’s instructions, put in another solid performance to ensure a place in the final with a 4-0 victory.

The teenager saved the best and most dramatic performance for last against a Czech opponent in the final.

The first round ended evenly with the score 3-3 but Leah went behind 8-7 after two rounds.

With seconds left and trailing 11-8 in the third and final round, the Keighley girl scored a superb head shot to claim three points and take the match to a golden point.

After losing in such a fashion in Croatia, Leah was in no mood to allow the same thing to happen again. Another lightning-quick head shot seized victory and a second international gold of the year with a 14-11 scoreline.

Her win capped a successful first year on the GB Taekwondo circuit and her dad Gary said: “Leah has worked extremely well this year. The sport demands a high level of skill and fitness if you are to achieve at the higher levels.

“Financial support from Leah’s main sponsors, ENER-G and Airedale Chemicals, has allowed her to compete in Europe as well as domestically. Without their backing, it would have been very difficult for Leah to gain the much-needed experience their generous support has allowed.”

He also thanked Workouts Health Club conditioner Paul Royston and Holy Family School for their support in backing Leah.

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