Jack Spall chats to students

12 February 2019

One of the UK’s most talented Taekwondo athletes has been backed by his former college in his bid to make the Team GB squad for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Jack Spall is originally from Attleborough - but now lives and trains with the Team GB squad in Manchester.

He is currently ranked 65 in the world in the (Taekwondo) heavyweight division.

The former Easton and Otley College student came back to the place where he studied this week to chat to students about his experiences to date.

He also received a small sponsorship package from the college who are supporting his ambitions to win an Olympic medal for his country.

Jack – who will be 21 in April 2019, said, “It’s great to come back to the college and see some familiar faces. The college has stayed in touch with me since I’ve left and it’s great to have their ongoing support. I’ll always have a soft spot for my tutors and Easton and Otley in general.”

During the talk he discussed his life in Manchester and full on training regime. He also talked offered some advice to students. He said, “I want to try and actively change people’s lives and in terms of the best advice I can give you (the students) I’d say if you want to achieve anything in sport you need to commit 100pc and believe in yourself if you want to get to the top.”

His former tutor, Zoe Gusterson, said, “We like to stay in touch with as many of our former students as we can and we have followed Jack’s progress with real interest. He is an elite athlete who is competing on a world stage and his achievements can only help inspire our current students to aim high.”

17 year old level three sports student from Wymondham, Harry Smith – has plans to follow in Jack’s footsteps and was thrilled to receive advice from someone who he looks up to both metaphorically and literally (Jack is now six foot nine). Harry, said, “I found it really helpful – it’s good to speak to someone at that level to give you some advice and help you progress. It inspires me that a former student can get to the top of their sport - it gives you the mind-set that you can do the same thing as them.”

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