Grading boost for town teacher

ON THE UP: Lynsay Lovegrove with Andrew Burrows and Simon Duddy following their recent black belt grading examination success in Bristol
ON THE UP: Lynsay Lovegrove with Andrew Burrows and Simon Duddy following their recent black belt grading examination success in Bristol

A Newmarket taekwondo teacher has had good cause for celebration after passing her fifth Dan black belt grading examination.

Lynsay Lovegrove, who teaches at the town’s branch of the Mark Farnham Schools of Taekwondo received the pass during a black belt 
grading event in Bristol last month.

In achieving the status, Lovegrove — who trains at the school’s Ely base — has become only the second woman from the Mark Farnham Schools of Taekwondo to be awarded such standing since opening almost 27 years ago.

Lovegrove was not the only member of the school’s Ely branch to achieve black belt gradings on the day.

Simon Duddy and Andrew Burrows achieved fourth Dan and second Dan gradings respectively.

Conor Webster was another to be merited with his second Dan black belt.

Amit Pandya passed his first Dan exam, an achievement matched over at the Newmarket branch by Ilya Akulov.

Harvey Gillham was another member of the Newmarket school to taste success last month after medals went his way in two disciplines at this year’s TAGB South East Championships at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

The youngster won the red belt sparring contest, along with finishing second in the red belt team sparring event.