Accrington Academy is celebrating after three of its students have given impressive sporting performances in recent weeks to bring home top medals in a range of national and global competitions.
Last week, Sixth Former Ben Makin achieved 5th place at the Biathle / Triale World Championships held in Florida, contributing to a team Gold medal. This comes after new Year 7 student Connie Schofield won the British title in one of the most popular martial arts – Muay Thai Boxing – after only taking up the sport 22 months ago.
Topping this off, last weekend a Year 9 from Accrington Academy was crowned Taekwon-Do World Champion. Zain-Ul-Abideen was officially awarded the title at the World Championships in Sardinia in front of huge crowds.
In just a year, Zain-Ul-Abideen has risen to the top of the sport. He took up Taekwon-Do in September 2018 having never done any martial arts before but has quickly progressed through the belt system to achieve his blue belt which is halfway to a black belt. As well as training at Team TSX in Accrington, Zain-Ul-Abideen is currently training to become an instructor.
Over the past year, Zain has enjoyed success at every single competition he has attended and has collected an impressive number of Gold and Silver medals. Hot on the heels of his success in Sardinia, Zain is now preparing for the Open English Cup Competition which will be held in Bradford on 16th November.
Commenting on his achievement, Zain-Ul-Abideen said:
“The competition in Sardinia was fantastic. There were some really strong competitors there from all around the world, but I just focused on what I needed to do and tried my very best. It is a dream come true for me to have become a World Champion, & I would like to give credit for this to my Instructor Master Chris Beanland from the TSX Club for all the hard work, time and training he gave me … Thank you Sir”.
James Kerfoot, Headteacher at Accrington Academy, said:
“We have got some brilliant young athletes at our academy and these three recent performances are testament to that. From Year 7 through to Sixth Form, we want all our student’s to not only apply themselves to the best of their ability in lessons but to nurture wider interests, skills and talents.
“We are particularly thrilled for Zain’s World Championship win. His commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for the sport has meant that he has reached the top in an incredibly short amount of time. His success is an inspiration to all our other student’s and shows them just what can be achieved when you set your sights on a goal.”