A mother and daughter have both won gold medals in a national martial arts championship on the same day.Lisa Rose, 43, scooped gold at the British Taekwondo Championships in December alongside her only child Lucy, 15 who took the top prize in the under 18s category.
Lisa took up the martial art four years ago as a way of engaging in her daughter's passion - and claimed gold two months after earning her black belt.Lucy began doing weekly karate lessons at three and became a black belt aged 12 before switching to Taekwondo.The pair, who train five times a week, have picked up trophies at major national tournaments after excelling in the combative sport.And Lucy was even named best in grading 2019 - the highest accolade that any taekwondo student can receive at her level.Proud mum Lisa said: "When Lucy turned 12 I thought she wouldn't want to do much with me any more, so I thought I'd give it a go."I had done boxing in the past and always wanted to do a martial art."I thought it would be a great way to do something together and spend some quality time together."While it's technically different, Lucy took to it like a duck to water."It was quite hard for me to learn new skills."Lisa, who runs a business securing holiday homes for dogs, earned her black belt last October and took the British Championships in Worcester by storm.Points at the championships are scored by connecting with a punch or a kick - and the player with the most points after two minutes of sparring wins.She won two matches to qualify for the final, where she beat a vastly more experienced opponent who was a black belt fifth Dan - a high ranking fighter.Lisa, from Bury, Lancs., said: "In the final, I had just watched Lucy win her fight.
She had won gold and the pressure was on - I didn't want to let her down."My second fight was a draw and it went to golden point.
I thought 'I have to do this now'."I was up against someone who was a fifth Dan black belt, I thought 'oh my god this is it, I've got no chance against her'."But I thought 'I'm just going to go for it', Lucy was watching and that spurred me on."It was incredible to pick up gold together, it could not have worked out better than that."I couldn't have asked for anything better."Lucy, who is also supported by her dad, Shaun Rose, was competing against fighters up to the age of 18 - three years older than her - but also scooped gold after winning three fights on her way to the final.The talented teenager, who is in year 11 at school, combines her training with studying for her GCSEs.The pair train in their hometown twice a week and have two sessions in Bradford, while on Saturdays they travel to Loughborough, Leics., for England training.But Lucy says she enjoys sharing her hobby with her mum as it brings them closer together - and she uses the travelling to do her homework.Lucy said: "It's a great way to spend time with each other, we can form a bond that is quite rare between a teenager and their mum."She encourages me loads and builds my confidence.
"I obviously have less time to revise but I find a way I can revise in the car on the way to and from Bradford and the journeys to and from all the competitions.
"Doing taekwondo helps me de-stress and focus on something else."It was great to win the Gold, especially at this level.
"We had both been nervous leading up to the British championships, more so than any other competition because we were now against Black Belts.
"But because we were doing it together we were able to reassure each other and help each other with our nerves.
"I was so proud of my mum winning too and going home together with our trophies and sharing in the joy was just incredible."