‘The year is off to an extraordinary start!”

Adrian Trantor
Adrian Trantor

A Hucknall man has been appointed an OBE for his services to martial arts in The Queens New Year’s Honours List 2015.

Adrian Tranter, who now lives in Mansfield Woodhouse, is the president of British Taekwondo and received the honour for his services to the sport.

As well as running a hugely successful taekwondo club in Mansfield for over 14 years, he is a key member of the European Taekwondo Union Executive Council and has also been the head of the Great Britain team at world-level events including the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

He has trained, guided, supported and mentored multiple national champions.

Adrian (57) said: “I am obviously both thrilled and humbled in being included in this year’s Honours List.

“I do give my everything to the role of president; it’s a privilege that I enjoy, and one which comes with immense responsibility.

“Of course, the achievements that this honour recognises are about more than just me.

“I am blessed in being able to have such supportive colleagues on our council and executive boards, who all help in driving our sport forward.

“It’s also recognition of just how far our clubs, coaches and athletes here in British Taekwondo have come in recent years.

“Finally, I must thank my wife and family for giving me their unconditional support, none of it would be possible without them.”

Adrian was born at 27 Elm Avenue in the town and spent the first 33 years of his life in Hucknall.

He attended the Annie Holgate infants, junior and grammar schools, and is married to Debbie with two sons.

He said: “I came late to the sport. I didn’t start until I was 29 and my son Ryan wanted to get involved in a new sport.

Adrian joined Hucknall Taekwondo, which was run by Steve Hathersmith, and later a club run by Ian Lennox until he moved out of Hucknall in 1998. He opened his own club in Mansfield Woodhouse in 1990 at Manor Park Sports Complex.

His current role involves travelling nationally and internationally for all the major events.

He said: “I took up the sport for fitness and the competition side, as well as self-defence. Our main demogaraphic is children aged between nine and 15.

“But taekwondo is all things to all people. You get whatever you want to.

“You can do taekwondo at any age. I am 57 and I am still training three times a week.”