Jade Jones - Taekwondo
Name: Jade Jones
Born: Bodelwyddan, Wales
School(s): Flint High School
Club(s): Flint TAGB, Manchester Aces
Other Sports: Football, Athletics
Olympic Experience: London 2012 (Gold), Rio 2016 (Gold)
Medals: Olympics (Gold 2012 and 2016), World Championships (Gold 2019, Silver 2011 and Bronze 2017), Taekwondo Grand Prix (Gold x 8, Silver x 5 and Bronze), European Championships (Gold 2016, 2018 and 2021. Silver 2014. Bronze 2010 and 2012), European Games (Gold 2015)
Other Honours: BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012, MBE and OBE.
Jade Jones will become the first taekwondo fighter to claim three Olympic Gold medals if she wins at Tokyo 2020. A Gold medallist in London 2012 and Rio 2016, the 28 year old is looking to replicate her previous performances to make Olympic history.
Already inspired the next generation, fellow Welsh compatriot, Lauren Williams says Jade is her inspiration for getting into taekwondo and will also join her in the Team GB squad for Tokyo 2020.
What club did Jade start taekwondo at?
After a young and mischievous child, Jade was caught smoking at the age of 10. This prompted her grandad to push her towards taekwondo so she could learn to defend herself. A taster session at her first club, Flint TAGB, with coach Martin Williams got her hooked on taekwondo and she hasn’t looked back since.
One thing you didn’t know about Jade Jones
Jade quite openly admits – ‘I kick people in the head for a living and I love it.’ This may have something to do with why she’s been donned with the nickname, ‘The Headhunter.’ With a kick to the head worth three times a kick to the body, Jade targets headshots over bodyshots.
What dates will Jade be Competing at tokyo 2020?
Sunday, July 25