Marford boy wants to follow lead of Jade to Olympic gold glory

Published date: 02 December 2013 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A JUDO prospect is hoping he can one day emulate fellow martial arts expert Jade Jones and win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Eight-year-old Jack Poole, of Marford, has been described by his coaches at Wrexham Judo Club as a young man with the brightest of futures in the contact sport.

Jack only took up the discipline earlier this year but he has already climbed up the belt categories and taken gold medals in all the competitions he has entered.

He breezed into the competitive arena in the autumn, winning gold  in a national competition in Coventry last month.

Last week he doubled his gold medal tally by amazingly winning the Samurai Judo competition in Kidderminster – overpowering boys up to six years his senior.

The Rofft Community Primary School pupil lives with his mum Sarah and dad Mark on Mayflower Drive.

Mark, 42, said he and his son have high hopes for a future in the sport.

He hopes Jack will turn his taste for gold medals into Olympic glory in years to come.

“Jack started doing judo with the club in Coedpoeth earlier this year,” he said.

“He seems to have a gift and has picked it up straight away.

“They have said at the club that Jack can go to the Olympics if he carries on the way he is going.

“We would love him to get to stage where he could compete for an Olympic gold medal, and who knows in the future he might be able to win one.”

“The two coaches quickly pinpointed him because they feel he has the ability to become very good at judo.”

He said: “We are very proud of him and are going to keep booking him into more tournaments which we hope he can do well in.”

In neighbouring Flintshire there have been Olympic success in martial arts, with Flint-born Jade Jones claiming a gold medal in taekwondo in the 2012 London Olympics.

Maybe in the near future Wrexham will have its own Olympic gold medal star in Jack.

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