The tournament squad from Farnham School of Tae Kwon Do returned to the competition arena at the GTI British Open.

And they returned to Farnham with a total of 19 medals – four gold, five silver and ten bronze.

Head coach Tim Ayres-Townshend said: “That’s four new British champions for our small club – we continue to punch, and kick, above our weight!”

A large squad of 17, including four debutants and several relatively inexperienced competitors, aged nine to 49, made the journey to Cheltenham.

Up against an array of talent from organisations, associations and clubs from all over the UK, Farnham competed valiantly on the mats in three disciplines; patterns, point-stop sparring and continuous sparring.

It proved to be a memorable day of competitive Tae Kwon Do, with 13 of the Farnham squad amassing a total of 19 medals, comprising four gold, five silver and ten bronze.

It did not take long for Farnham to make the podium, with Ellen Hall taking gold and Zoe Lomas Clarke the bronze in girls’ blue belt patterns.

Nine-year-old Ankido Hussen won silver in under-ten green belt patterns.

There was another double for Farnham in the cadets’ red belt patterns, with Dylan Walker winning gold and Ollie Verrian the silver, with only one point between the club-mates.

Yet another double followed shortly afterwards, with Eden Walker winning the silver, and Tyla Nawrattel the bronze, in girls’ red belt patterns.

Two more medals followed in patterns – a bronze for Sam North in cadets’ blue belt patterns, and a bronze for Rachel Nawrattel in red and blue belt women’s patterns.

Farnham’s success continued in the sparring with Zoe Lomas-Clarke winning her second medal of the day – silver in her blue and red belt continuous sparring division.

Ellen Hall then followed up on her success in patterns with a bronze in her blue and red belt continuous sparring division.

One of the bouts of the day came in the final of the cadet girls’ blue and red belt continuous sparring. Farnham’s Eden Walker and Lulu Oram-Tooley had both prevailed in tough semi-final bouts to make it an all-Farnham final.

Both girls gave everything in an excellent exchange of techniques, demonstrating their outstanding kick-punch combinations, bravery and determination. It was a close decision, but the gold went to Lulu Oram-Tooley, with Eden Walker winning her second silver of the day.

There were more medals to come for Farnham in the sparring. Ankido Hussen won his second medal of the day – bronze in under -ten green belt point-stop sparring.

Dylan Walker and Ollie Verrian both picked up their second medals of the day too, each winning bronze in their respective continuous sparring weight divisions.

Twelve year-old Henry Elliott fought bravely to bronze in his continuous sparring division.

The adults then weighed in with a couple of sparring medals – Mark Placzek won bronze in his over-40 men’s continuous sparring division, followed by the prolific Will Oxley, showing skill, control and courage in taking gold in the men’s over-40 black belt division.

There were also commendable performances from youngsters Keslyn Nawrattel, Freddie Porter, William Cary and Tristan Kent.

Coach Tim was supported in the coaching duties by black belts Nick Nawrattel, Will Oxley and Sarah Maitland, as well as BUTL national squad member Dimitri Perricos.

He said: “While it’s wonderful to be able to talk about our medal winners and the fact our club has four new British champions, the biggest things to take away from competing at events like this are the way the squad members support one another and the way we see them grow in confidence, both as individuals and as a group.

“Whatever their results, every squad member will have gained valuable experience and will have grown in terms of their self-belief.”