Karate star Salisbury looks to strike for Great Britain at Youth Olympics in Argentina

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 September 2018

Lauren Salisbury (pic Garry Bowden/Sportinpictures)

Lauren Salisbury (pic Garry Bowden/Sportinpictures)

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Romford's Lauren Salisbury is hoping to make her country proud at the Youth Olympics in Argentina next month.

The former Albany pupil – who got 10 GCSEs at A to C – is in a 42-strong squad and competes in karate in Buenos Aires, hoping to make her mark.

Now studying for A-levels at Coopers, Salisbury said: “To represent your country at any level is an amazing achievement but this is an amazing honour and I hope to make my nation proud.

“This is by far my biggest achievement to date and I’m excited for the experience of attending a multi-sport Games and to be considered as one of Great Britain’s first karate Youth Olympians.

“The moment I qualified was the proudest of my career so far.. Karate has never been in the Olympics before, so this is the opportunity to show the world what the sport is all about.

“My family, club and country have been so supportive and without the support of my family I wouldn’t be where I am so I hope to do everyone proud and return home with a medal.”

The 16-year-old Salisbury started karate aged five and won her first medal (a bronze) soon after, falling in love with a sport that became a family passion and is still shared with her elder and younger sisters.

After joining the English Karate Federation aged 11, she began the second phase of her journey, as she went on to win her first English and British titles in 2015, which she has defended each year since.

After making her international debut at the 2017 European Championships in Bulgaria, she has since represented England at World Championship level and is relishing the step up to Youth Olympic competition.

“I hope to not only to fulfil my dream of competing at the Olympic event but to also enjoy all aspects of the trip and the experience,” she added.

“It is going to be an amazing opportunity to be amongst a team full of incredible athletes but the most important part of the trip for me is when I get to step on the tatami with the Olympic rings and the GB badge on my gi, and represent my nation.

“My dream is to compete in the summer Olympics and I have my goal set in Paris 2024. I believe this is the first stepping stone on a journey to getting where I want to be in my career.

“This trip is about performing to the best I can and hopefully the results follow.”

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