Worshipful Master Paul Mallon held a raffle at the March meeting of Elizabethan Lodge No 7296 to help raise sponsorship for 15 year old Black belt 1st dan Ollie Cottrell, a student of Bath Tae Kwan Do club who has just been selected to represent England at the ITF European Championships in Italy.
He has to find £1500 in order to fund the trip as he has to take his proud mum Liliana (pictured) also a black belt of the Bath Club as a chaperone due to his age.
Ollie is a remarkable young man who defies all of the stereotyping usually associated with teenagers nowadays, he is a keen student who when not training himself, gives his time to train others and help younger juniors at Bath Sports and leisure centre on Sunday evenings and King Edwards School on Wednesdays.
He shows great maturity for someone so young which should stand him in good stead when he competes in the Cadet class of the European Championship towards the end of April, as he will have 2 years less experience than most of the other competitors who will be closer to the upper age limit of 17 before moving into the adult category.
Bath Tae Kwan Do club’s Master Mark Ogbourne, 3 times World Sparring Champion (Pictured behind W Bro Mallon) said how proud the whole club were to see Ollie selected for the England squad, and was sure he would give a very good account of himself whilst representing his club and country, and was grateful for the £211 help Bath Freemasons have given in getting his fundraising off to such a good start.
If anybody would like to help towards his sponsorship it would be very gratefully received and faithfully applied. please…
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