We profile UK Taekwondo squad member Craig Brown.
Name: Craig Brown
Weight Class: -87kg
Hometown: Peckham, London
Taekwondo Club: Fusion Taekwondo, Peckham
Trains: Elite Academy Gym, Manchester
Olympic Games 2004 – Team GB
European Championships 2005 – Bronze
European Championships 2006 – Bronze
German Open 2007 – Bronze
German Open 2007 – Gold
How did you first get involved in taekwondo?
I went to a session after seeing it advertised by the teaching staff in my school.
When did you join the elite academy?
What has been your greatest experience so far within the sport?
My greatest experience so far has been the Athens Olympics in 2004.
What are your targets for 2009?
I want to compete for a medal in the World Championships.
What are your targets for the future?
I want to be European Champion again as well as competing for a medal when the Olympics comes to London in 2012.
Who inspires you within taekwondo?
Richard Allen was ten time British Champion so he is an important figure for me.
Outside of taekwondo, who is your sporting hero?
If you had not chosen taekwondo, which sport would you be playing?
Football or boxing perhaps.
What is the best thing about being a professional athlete?
I really enjoy the travelling as well as being a role model for younger athletes.
What do you enjoy most about academy life?
I love competing so probably sparring against the other athletes.