Asia aiming to be Swiss hit
After suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury, Rio 2016 prospect Asia Bailey almost faced an early retirement at the age of 15. However, seeing as though Asia had already secured a bronze medal in her first senior European Championships in Azerbaijan, clearly nothing was going to stop her.
With the help of Sarah Stevenson, who suffered the same injury and had the same operation and rehab sessions, she encouraged Asia, who no longer felt incapacitated and gradually regained her winning mentality.
Asia stated, “At first, I didn’t know anyone who had suffered the same thing. But I realised Sarah had been through it more than once, had the same operation and gone through the same rehab”.
“She was a great help to me because she had been through the hard times mentally. At first, the rehab was long and boring but once I got back to kicking and doing Taekwondo time went quickly”
After being out of action for nine months, Asia is now fighting fit and is part of the 13-strong GB Taekwondo squad, including Jade Jones, travelling to Lausanne for the June Swiss Open.
The Swiss open enables the British stars their first test since the European Championships.
Swiss Open Schedule
Saturday, June 7:
-58kg: Darren Chapman (Northampton), Gurpreet Singh (Forest Gate, London)
-87kg: Murdo Mackenzie (Inverness)
+87kg: Mahama Cho (Stockwell, London), Lyle Walker (Law)
-57kg: Jade Jones (Flint)
Sunday, June 8:
-63kg: Dominic Brookes (Manchester)
-68kg: Jordan Gayle (Manchester), Martin Stamper (Liverpool), Tony Stephenson (Bury)
-80kg: Danny Dowling (Exeter)
-46kg: Asia Bailey (Falkirk)
+73kg: Bianca Walkden (Liverpool)