Ms. Amy Truesdale representing Great Britain will compete at the 6th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in the K44 Female +58 kg division.
WTF has managed to get an interview with Ms. Truesdale leading up to the Championships.
How did you feel when you heard that para-taekwondo will be included at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games?
Ms. Truesdale: I received the phone call about the inclusion of para-taekwondo on the Parlympic program and I was shocked but extremely happy . It was amazing to learn that everyone's hard work had paid off as so many people have helped promote para-taekwondo and been part of the development of the sport.
What impact do you think para-taekwondo’s inclusion in the Paralympic Games will have on the sport?
Ms. Truesdale: I think it will inspire able bodied people to join taekwondo as they will see the disabled athletes as role models. And I think anyone who has a disability will look up to the para athletes as they will be able to be included and compete at a high level like everyone else.
How have you prepared yourself for this year’s World Championships?
Ms. Truesdale: I have increased my training and spent more time on the mat competing at a lot more competitions, both para and able bodied.
What impact do you think the introduction of world rankings has had on the sport?
Ms. Truesdale: The ranking system makes the sport more professional and encourages you to train more as you want to earn the highest points you can get. It also makes it fair to everyone and the correct and highest rank athletes will attend the Paralympics.
What advice would you give to young people out there with impairments who are thinking about taking up para-taekwondo?
Ms. Truesdale: Do it! Its Ability not disability that matters! And you will have a positive impact on so many persons' lives.