Taekwondo queen Frost keeps cool to win British title

From left: Bianca Walkden, Mia Hadfield, Holly Frost. Teigan Smith, Jade Jones and Adrian Tranter
From left: Bianca Walkden, Mia Hadfield, Holly Frost. Teigan Smith, Jade Jones and Adrian Tranter

Misterton youngster Holly Frost joined over 700 Taekwondo fighters at the British National Championships at Manchester Velodrome last weekend.

But unlike the vast majority of players, the seven-year-old left the two-day event with a gold medal and a national title.

Frost won the under 23kg class, beating last year’s champion Mia Hadfield in the final, and received her medal from Olympic gold medal winner Jade Jones.

It was the first event in this country to be be held on the new hexagon rings.

Frost weighed in on Friday and the next day found herself fighting Central Taekwondo Scotland’s Teigan Smith, winning 11-0.

Against Hadfield in the final, Frost was in the lead until the late stages when the reigning champion levelled it up.

But in a golden point period, Frost scored a clean three-point headshot to earn the title of British Champion.

London Olympic heroine Jones and British Taekwondo president Adrian Tranter presented the Ordsall Primary pupil with her medal.

Frost was part of a strong team from Scorpion Taekwondo in Doncaster, who came away with the third place team trophy.

Proud dad Jason said: “Holly is tired after a long weekend but really happy with her new title.”

“Myself and her mum Tracey are over the moon with the result, she deserves it after all the hard work, training three or four times a week, sometimes for up to four hours.”

“Mia is a very good player and one she lost to last year, so this means a lot to her.”

The Frost family also paid tribute to her club and support network for their part in the victory.

“Holly would like to thank her coaches Pete Adamsons and Adele Deakes, and Paul from Lincolnshire Bearings and Fasteners who has recently sponsored her.”

“She has an excellent team at the club with the older players always willing to help the younger ones.”

Frost is now preparing for her black belt grading and her next open competition.