Sometime ago now, the PE Department nominated Morgan Curtis for the Secondary School and Further Education Sports Achiever Award for her success in Taekwondo.
Morgan made the Grand Final and on the 29th January went on to become the Overall Winner and was presented with The Darlington Town Twinning and International Association Award and the Town Twinning Trophy.
She was up against some extremely strong competitors all competing locally, nationally and in some cases internationally in their chosen fields.
Not only that, she then went on to win the Ron Lewis Memorial Trophy, which is essentially a trophy given to the best of the best from all of the winners and finalists from all of the different categories.
This is an outstanding achievement, please praise her as and when you see her.
Here is the citation that was put forward for Morgan’s nomination.
Morgan started Taekwondo when she was 5 at Koryo Quakers Taekwondo Club, Cobden Street. She still trains at the same club 5-7 hours per week. Training commitments has not always come easy for Morgan, but with sheer hard work, dedication and determination she has become the elite athlete you see today.
Morgan has been a part of the Great Britain Cadet Development team for two years now. Training once a month in Manchester at the GB headquarters. Morgan’s dream is to become a full time GB professional athlete, to compete and medal at major National and International competitions, including to go to the Olympics and bring home the Gold.
At the beginning of this year Morgan started training with a personal trainer once or twice per week, working on her strength and conditioning as well as her agility. All of this alongside her Taekwondo training regime. In addition to this Morgan started boxing in July to improve her footwork and punching skills in preparation for the Cadet European Championships in Spain.
Morgan runs once or twice per week to keep her fitness levels up for fighting competitions. This has helped improve her cardiovascular endurance in the ring and when she has numerous fights in the same day. During the school holidays, she often attends training camps at other clubs throughout the country to help improve and develop her skills set.
This year Morgan is undefeated in all UK Championships, only being defeated once at European level. Results are as follows:
Ultimate Championships, Derby – Gold
WTA Championship, Doncaster – Gold
Yorkshire Open Championship, Bradford – Gold
WLM Open Championship, Liverpool – Gold
Kinder Scout Championship, Derby – Gold
Scottish Championship, Motherwell – Gold
NTC Open Championship, Nottingham – Gold
British National Championship, Manchester – Gold (won final 33-1)
In addition to the above, Morgan has also competed at numerous 1-2-1 competitions where she competed against heavier and older competitors, only losing once.
Morgan was selected to represent GB Taekwondo at the European Cadet Championship at Marina d’or in Spain which was held 1st-3rd October. This was her first major competition and she gained a silver medal.
Morgan won her first fight against Spain (Worlds Bronze Medallist) 11-9, won her second fight against the Ukraine 22-20, won her third fight against Italy 9-6 but unfortunately lost in the final against her GB teammate, taking home the Silver Medal.