Commonwealth taekwondo silver medal for super Samantha

A MASTER AND HIS PUPIL --  Samantha Carrington with Ian Lennox, grand master at the Kang Han martial arts academy in Hucknall.
A MASTER AND HIS PUPIL -- Samantha Carrington with Ian Lennox, grand master at the Kang Han martial arts academy in Hucknall.

A disabled sportswoman, who trains every weekend at Hucknall, is celebrating after winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Edinburgh.

Samantha Carrington (27) took up taekwondo thanks to her cousin, Darrell Carrington, who is the chief instructor at the Kang Han club based in her home town of Mansfield.

Now she trains not only with Darrell but also with Ian Lennox, the grand master of the renowned Kang Han martial arts academy on Beardall Street in Hucknall, And her hard work has paid off, with her success in Edinburgh following selection for the Great Britain taekwondo squad.

Samantha’s achievements are all the more remarkable because she was born with hemiplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy that leaves her with a weakness down the right-hand side of her body.

She was told she wouldn’t walk, swim or drive a car, but Samantha refused to be beaten.

Determined to keep active and give her body the exercise it needed, she decided to give taekwondo a go.

Samantha took part in her first international competition in June in Northern Ireland, and won a silver medal in the paraplegic section.

Now, after a lot of commitment and effort, she is a 2nd dan black belt, and she is full of praise for all those who have helped her.

“I would particularly like to say a huge thankyou to Darrell and Ian for their continuing support,” said Samantha, who is a primary school teacher.

Kang Han spokeswoman Tracy Wilkinson said: “Samantha is an asset to our club, and we are so proud of her.”