Stainforth star with a talent for the tuba – 5 things about Bradly Sinden

Bradly Sinden won Britain’s first gold/silver in Tokyo (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
14:17pm, Sun 25 Jul 2021
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Bradly Sinden has won silver in the -68kg taekwondo final against Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things about the 22-year-old Yorkshireman.

Early start

Sinden, who hails from Stainforth near Doncaster, took up taekwondo at the tender age of just four after being inspired by his older sister. He was a sporty youngster, also playing football, badminton, handball and basketball, and set his sights on competing at an Olympics early on.

Local help

As Sinden first began to earn selection for international competition as a schoolboy, his mum Sheryl applied to local organisation Stainforth 4 ALL, who proved key in helping raise the funds to pay for his travel. And the journeys paid off with a breakthrough win at the Junior European Championships in Latvia in 2015.

Local inspiration

The funding certainly helped, but Sinden also did not need to look far for local heroes. One of his early instructors was friends with the coach of Sarah Stevenson, the Doncaster native who won Britain’s first Olympic taekwondo medal with bronze in Beijing, and Sinden would train at her club as a youngster.

Mr Consistent

Sinden earned the nickname Mr Consistent as he delivered frequent success from a young age. He became the youngest British male ever to win a medal at a world championships with bronze in South Korea in 2017, and took gold on home turf in Manchester two years later.

A merry dance

It could all have been very different if the taekwondo had not worked out. Sinden’s other hobby in school was playing the tuba.

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