KING Henry VIII pupil Cameron Ferrie won gold in the Tae Kwondo International Open European Championships in Poland last month.
The 17 year-old student competed in three events, winning himself the gold medal in Junior Stop Sparring - under 175cm, bronze in the Junior Continuous Sparring - under 72kg and another bronze (as part of the Mens’ Welsh Team) for the Welter Weight - under 70kg.
Cameron’s interest in Taekwondo began very early, and at age six he was part of both Pontypool and Cwmbran clubs. In 2011, when Cameron was 11, he had already achieved first dan black belt, and quickly advanced to second dan in 2015.
Cameron has been fortunate enough not only to compete, but to have won serval titles over the years, including Welsh, English and British championships.
In 2016, Cameron won the Mens’ Black Belt category at the Welsh and English Championships, he also fought with the Welsh team, who won bronze at the British Championships. Cameron is very proud to represent his country, as it has continually been an ambition of his as he has progressed through the age categories.
Cameron’s most recent success was held at the Polish Tae Kwon-do International Open European Championships, earlier in June this year. Cameron competed amongst 300 others, aged between 16-17, where he fought fantastically in five rounds, finishing with gold in the ‘Junior Stop Sparring - under 175cm’ event. Both his family and friends could not be more proud of him, as they know how vigorously he had trained for the competition.
On participating in the event, Cameron stated he “was going there to win”. The champion continued, “I was very hopeful, if I didn’t win I would have been very irritated, as I had put a lot of effort into it.” During the last round of his winning event, he admitted that he was “really going for it”. Cameron explained how once he had won, “I took some photos and went for a drink at the bar!” Both Cameron and his family are more than proud of his brilliant success, and will continue to support him as he furthers his position helping the team at Ebbw Vale Taekwondo School.