A Didcot teacher has been selected to represent England in the upcoming ITF Taekwondo world championships, set to take place this month in a rather surprising location.
Kirsty Miller will travel to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang next Tuesday, ahead of the start of the championships three days later.
The 26-year-old, who teaches at Willowcroft Community School, is the England Taekwondo ladies’ team captain and has been a member of the national ITF squad since 2007.
This will be the fourth world championships she has competed in, and has admitted to being a little nervous about visiting North Korea amidst the recent global tensions.
She said: “I am a little apprehensive about visiting North Korea due to the recent media coverage, but mainly I am really excited to have the opportunity to visit and experience life there.
“This championship is being held in The Taekwon-Do Palace in Pyongyang and it has always been my dream to compete there.
“I am hopeful that this championship will be my best yet and aim to build on my recent success at the European Championships.”
Kirsty needs to raise £2,000 to pay for the trip. Her JustGiving page can be found at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/help-kirsty-to-korea.