Wojcik leads New Life Taekwondo to a medal haul at English Open

Zoja Wojcik (second from right) celebrates with her New Life Taekwondo team-mates

Zoja Wojcik (second from right) celebrates with her New Life Taekwondo team-mates - Credit: Archant

British champion Zoja Wojcik added more silverware to her collection as Camden-based New Life Taekwondo picked up eight medals at the English Open in Manchester.

Around 400 elite athletes participated in the event, hailing from as far away as India and Jordan.

New Life, who are based on Oval Road, sent nine of their own members – all of them part of the club’s performance training schedule, coached by Master Daniel Kobbina – and Wojcik led the way to glory.

She won gold in the technical forms event and also secured a silver in her sparring competition, while coming second overall in the ‘best poomse’ section.

Camille Paleni also became the English Open champion in the senior kup grades technical forms division after putting on a fine display in her debut competition.

There was a silver for Giacomo Sotti in her sparring event and Cecilia Astor – another British champion – took bronze after losing to the eventual winner of her division by one point in extra time.

Chaim Osher, Zain Ahmed and Noah Faruque completed the medal haul with bronzes of their own.

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