How Olympic Gold medal winner Jade Jones inspired 6-year-old to glory



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 LITTLE Lewis Byles is living proof that the London 2012 Olympic legacy is alive and kicking.

Inspired by the success of local champion Jade Jones, the six-year-old is already eyeing up his first Olympic gold after landing a major Taekwondo title contested by boys more than double his age.


Lewis, from Holywell, came first at the English Open Championships in the junior section boys aged 6-14 at the Skydome Arena in Coventry.


The Whitford Primary School pupil is trained by Martin Williams who coached Flint golden girl Jade when she first started in the sport at the Lyons Den Fitness club in Bagillt.



His dad Mark said: When you consider the age of the boys he competes with, to go over the border and win the English open is quite amazing for a Welsh lad. Were so proud of him.


Its all Lewis is talking about at the moment in fact he keeps calling it his Olympic gold medal.


Lewis started out in Flint Taekwondo Clubs Little Ninjas class 12 months ago and met Jade when she visited her old high school in October last year to share her Olympic experience with aspiring youngsters.


He watched her at the Olympics and he loved it, said Mark. He got really excited. He saw people like Jade winning gold at the Olympics and now that hes winning medals hes putting two and two together.


Theyre aspirations for him. This is what the legacy of the Olympics is all about. Hes met Jade too and now he wants to follow in her footsteps by winning more medals and trophies.


Technically hes at a very high standard for his age hes just got to have more sparring sessions.


Mark also praised Lewis instructor Martin for his guidance and the work he does with youngsters in the area.


You can see the increase in numbers at his instructors school since the Olympics, he said. Martin is fantastic with the children, especially in terms of teaching them discipline and good manners. Its not all about the fighting, its about being respectful too hes teaching them all life skills.


Lewis is due to compete in the North Wales Invitation Tournament on Sunday at Deeside Leisure Centre before taking part in the Welsh Closed Championships in Newport a week later.


April 05 2013 TaeKwonDoTimes.