Our warmest congratulations must go to BA Hons Game Design student, Adam Mattis who has been training in the martial art of Taekwondo for over 10 years and is now seeing awesome results of his efforts. (A dedicated 4-5 days a week. With most sessions nearing 2 hours.) In 2009 Adam had his first competitive match and won. Since first falling in love with the competitive aspects of Taekwondo, he has come a long way since then.
In the past 2 years whilst at university he has travelled all around the UK as well as fighting abroad in International Level Opens. Fighting in many different tournaments. Including his very first international title in Barcelona, Spain becoming a Champion there in 2015.
He has many gold medals from all over the UK from the numerous Scottish Opens to the London Open 2013 and even in his home city Manchester, he took the gold twice at the Manchester Open 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Achievements mean a lot to Adam and he feels that it is something that has taught him so much respect and discipline over the years.
Quote - "Through my training I keep myself fit and healthy. My overall physical strength and positive mental attitude have increased vastly since starting so long ago. It gives me a drive and a focus that assists me in getting important tasks done. I believe my coach’s rigorous training regime has instilled in me the determination to achieve whatever I set my mind to, not only in TKD."
He received a Trafford Sports Council Lifetime Award in September 2013 for his efforts as a young Taekwondo athlete. This was a true milestone for him and he was extremely happy and proud to have his name on an awards list with so many other great sportsmen and women from the borough of Trafford, even Olympians.
He brought this focus along with him to UCLAN and looks forward to competing at the European Universities Championships, an international student event that brings together student athletes from all over Europe. Representing UCLAN and being a good ambassador for the university is something that Adam strives for and hopes to continue to be even after his graduation this year.