FROM THE PAPER: UCLan’s Adam Mattis claims bronze at National Taekwondo Championships

Adam (left) competing at last year's event

By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor


UCLan’s Adam Mattis was unsuccessful in the defence of his -80kg title at the National Student Taekwondo Championships.

Mattis, who studies Games Design, did claim bronze at the event, which was held at the University of Worcester Arena.

Adam admitted he didn’t go into the tournament with the aim of focusing on what he does best.

“I don’t think I played to my strengths and there were moments during the course of the tournament that I was presented with opportunities but didn’t take them.

“I felt fresh ahead of the event so I don’t think fatigue was a factor which lead to me losing my crown.”

 

Prior to the event, which was the 30th edition, Adam explained how he was planning to avoid complacency from setting in.

“I went there with a clear head and made sure I was fully focused on the task in hand.

“It was also thoroughly important that I did my research and made sure I knew as much as possible about the other competitors.

“Making use of combinations was something which was a key part of my plan.”

Hamzah Awan also joined Mattis at the event – this was the first time the club had two competitors going to the tournament.

Despite losing his match 9-8, Mattis was really happy there were more people from UCLan involved and thinks Awan will only get better.

“It was great to see someone else alongside me at the event and I think the more the better,” Adam told Pluto.

“Even though Hamzah lost, he did really well and there was a close margin between him and his opponent.”

Up next for Mattis is a trip to the annual Manchester tournament, where he is the defending champion.

 

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