German-Pinay taekwondo jin reclaims British title

By Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Oct 01 2013 09:12 AM | Updated as of Oct 01 2013 11:02 PM

MANCHESTER, UK -- A German-Pinay taekwondo jin has reclaimed her title after triumphing at the 2013 British National Championships earlier this month.

Jeamy Navarro-Shrank competed on September 7 in the Under-41kg category for females aged 12-14 at the annual tournament held at the Manchester Velodrome.

The British-born 13-year old, who fights out of Southampton, defeated three other competitors: 13-4, 7-1 and 1-0.

Navarro-Schrank told ABS-CBN Europe she was delighted to win the title back following the disappointment of losing it in the final of last year's competition.

"It feels great to win it back. Last year's loss was still fresh in my mind and I was really nervous in my final this year."

"In some ways it spurred me on but in others it hindered me because I was just focused on winning rather than following my game plan."

Navarro-Schrank, who is considered a hot prospect for the future, recently represented Great Britain's Cadet Squad for the first time at the 2013 European Championships in Romania.

She understands the step up in class has come with added pressure to consistently perform.

"Having competed for GB at the European Championships just two weeks earlier put extra pressure on me. There are a lot of girls who want to beat me to get selected for future tournaments, so it was really a must win tournament for me.

"A lot of the tournaments are selection tournaments so the outcome is a lot more important and there is a lot more pressure.

"Representing GB at the European Championships was a fantastic experience and now I really want to get selected for the 2014 World Championships," she said.

Navarro-Schrank was eliminated in the Round of 16 at the European Championships after a narrow loss to a fighter from Germany, who was tipped as one of the favorites in the category.

Since taking up the sport aged eight, Navarro-Schank has become a prolific medalist across the continent.

She dreams of one day representing Team GB's senior taekwondo squad at the Olympic Games.