Two Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy pupils put in medal-winning performances at the ITF European Taekwondo Championships in Poland.
Amelie, 13, won a bronze in sparring and Polly, 13, won a gold in sparring. Both girls are members of Noble Dragons Taekwondo Club in Swadlincote.
Amelie also recently competed in the Heart of England UITF English Championship, where she won a silver in sparring and a bronze in patterns as a newly qualified Black Belt 1st Dan in the girls under-55kg category.
The teenager said: “I’m so happy after my performance in Poland, it’s all part of my dream coming true. I was looking forward to competing there but I was also a bit nervous because I’d never competed abroad.
“I trained a lot more than I normally would in the run up to Poland and I wanted to win at least a bronze in sparring although I wouldn’t have minded too much if I didn’t because I would have been happy just to say I’d competed. I just wanted to go out there and enjoy it.
“I was pleased with my performance at the Hearth of England competition too because I did better than I expected.”
Polly only took up Taekwondo three years ago and competed in the World Championships in the Netherlands last year where she won a bronze in sparring.
She said: “I wanted to get a medal in sparring in Poland because I was spending 15 hours a week training. I never really thought I’d get this far so anything would have been a bonus. I’m really happy. It has been all worth it – all the hours I’ve invested.”
Aidan Smith, headteacher at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy in Burton, congratulated Amelie and Polly on their achievements.
He said: “Both pupils clearly put in a lot of training hours and all of their hard work has paid off. “We are extremely proud of both girls and we are sure there is even more success to come; we look forward to watching their progress in the future.”