India Isles reaches next stage in Olympic qualification bid

STANDING 5ft 11'' tall and weighing 64kg, fighting sensation India Isles has the physical attributes to be a taekwon-do phenomenon against either male or female competitors.

And India (17), who is coached at Scotia Taekwon-do in Carluke by top instructor David Condie, recently displayed all her fighting attributes at a Manchester qualifier to win her place at a boot camp next month, and keep alive her dream of qualifying for the British team competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

"I'm overwhelmed to be picked for the next qualification stage," said India, who wowed selectors at an X Factor-style event which saw her fight in 63 to 67kg class at kickboxing, mixed martial arts and other TKD categories.

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"I can't believe it. I did my best in Manchester and got through with a smile on my face.

"I managed to win my final qualifier 35-6, after successfully landing a lot of kicks and punches.

"Qualifying for the next stage this Saturday (when she and 39 other hopefuls will join the Team Great Britain Taekwondo squad at Manchester Elite Olympic Taekwondo Academy) is the highlight of my taekwon-do career so far.

"I've worked really hard to get to this stage and it's been brilliant."

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