Brockenhurst taekwondo teen Kimberley Barnes has a chance to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics

Rising British taekwondo star Kimberley Barnes is aiming for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after being selected for the British team.

The 17-year-old athletic student from Brockenhurst College in Hythe, a former national cadet champion, recently graduated from the Fighting Chance talent identification initiative.

Former graduates include European champion Lauren Williams and two-time Olympic medalist Lutalo Muhammad.

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Kim Barnes was called up to the UK taekwondo team

Barnes was one of nine athletes selected to take the plunge over the summer.

Although she now spends most of her time in Manchester, training at the National Taekwondo Center, she will be finishing her college program through the Brock Talented Athlete Scholarship Program (TASS).

The former Noadswood School student said: “My ultimate goal is to represent Great Britain at the 2024 Olympics in the -57kg category for women.

Barnes is from Brockenhurst
Barnes is from Brockenhurst

“I hope to gain experience and improve my taekwondo skills by training with the senior GB team, including two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones.”

Barnes speaker Alan Steel said: “We will continue to support Kimberley through the TASS program in any way we can. We are delighted to learn of his recent progress and wish him every success for the future. “

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