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Birkenhead lad takes on the Commonwealth

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Birkenhead lad Aaron Bretland recently made his dream come true by competing in the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships last month in Edinburgh, thanks to sponsorship support including Birkenhead based national training company, CPL Training Group. He successfully took home a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships held in Scotland,

Aaron, who is just 15 years old, took up the Korean martial arts sport eight years ago after being the victim of a spate of bullying. “He’s never looked back,” said Dot Bretland, Aaron’s grandmother and his biggest supporter. “He really took to the sport and it’s now his passion. He’s very talented and is hugely committed, training every evening after school”, she added. “It is a massive honour to compete for your Country and Aaron is very excited.”

Last year Aaron became British National Champion and last month, when he competed in the Under 55 weight category.

Daniel Davies, CPL Training Group’s CEO said “The team at CPL Training Group are very proud of Aaron and his achievements at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships. He’s an inspiration to other young people as he’s shown that with hard work and commitment you really can achieve great heights”

 A black belt competitor, Aaron has reached 2nd grade Dan, a grading for those with black belt.  As well as daily training sessions overseen by Lisa and Peter Hankin at the TKD Academy in Liverpool, Aaron trains for several days every month with the British Training Squad in Manchester. Earlier this year, he trained with French, English and Spanish Taekwondo champions at a training base in Majorca, as well as competed in both Austria and Holland.

Aaron is supported, by CPL Training Group, who’s CEO, Daniel Davies, first found out about Aaron through his grandmother at their local Asda. Dot was packing bags at the checkout in return for donations towards Aaron’s taekwondo funding when the two met. Since then, Davies and the team at CPL Training Group have followed Aaron’s progress and supported him with funds for training and equipment.  “We are grateful to Dan and the team at CPL Training Group for all their support for Aaron. They recognised in him a young lad with drive and determination as well as great potential. CPL Training Group, alongside other supporters are helping to make his dream come true”, concluded Dot.