BORN with no left hand or forearm, Chester girl Amy Truesdale refused to be held back and took up taekwondo at the age of eight.
Eighteen years later and Amy has proved her fighting spirit is stronger than ever, having just been crowned World Para champion in the Korean martial art.
Amy, 26, from Hoole, has returned from Moscow, after battling her way to victory in the WTF World Para Championships.
The win marks the eighth world title for Amy, who is now a sixth degree black belt.
Instructor Richard Saunders, sixth degree, said: “Amy has always been remarkable and an individual who excels herself to her limits and is a great role model for disabled athletes.Her goal is to promote and encourage other disabled people into this martial art and she is doing us proud.”
Although Taekwondo is not a Paralympic sport, the Russian competition represented the largest championships to date, with more than 29 countries entering competitors.
A decision is set to be taken on October 23 as to whether the sport will be included at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Amy said the chance to compete for Great Britain and take gold in Japan would represent the pinnacle of her career.
“I will be 31 then but I will always continue to do taekwondo until physically I can’t do it anymore,” she said. “I will carry on regardless.
“But it will be massive for taekwondo if it gets in. It will be a brilliant way to raise the profile for disabled people and encourage a lot more people to do the sport.”
Amy is now passing on her knowledge and teaching taekwondo in Hoole on Fridays.
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