Jade Jones /

Jade Jones

Date of Birth

21 March 1993

Sport

Taekwondo

From

Flint

Twitter

@jadejonestkd

Biography

After taking up taekwondo at the age of six, at the suggestion of her grandfather, Jade enjoyed a prolific rise through the ranks to become the UK's number one ranked junior of any division, male or female.

Fighting in the -55kg division, the twice consecutive British junior champion, had an impressive 2010 by clinching Britain's first ever Youth Olympic Games gold medal in Singapore. That same year she won gold at the Paris and Dutch Opens before fighting her way to silver at the World Junior Championships in Mexico. A smooth transition into the senior fighting ranks resulted in a bronze medal at the European championships.

Now firmly established in GB Taekwondo's senior elite squad, fighting in the -57kg Olympic weight division, Jade's medal haul continued on a grand scale in 2011. Her highlight was winning silver at the World Championships in South Korea - missing out on gold by the narrowest of margins, losing in a sudden death decider against her Chinese opponent. She also picked up gold (-62kg) and bronze (-57kg) at the US Open, German Open silver, bronze at the Chuncheon Open, British Open gold and French Open bronze. 

In 2012, Jade picked up German Open silver and a European Championship bronze before clinching gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. At 19, she beat China's twice world champion Yuzhuo Hou at the ExCel Arena to seal her victory and become Team GB's youngest ever Olympic medallist and Team GB's first ever taekwondo gold!

Jade has picked up countless awards including BBC Wales Young Sports Personality of the Year and the Jaguar Academy of Sport Special Recognition and Star of the Future Awards.

She trains at the GB Taekwondo Academy in Manchester, on the World Class Performance Programme, under the watchful eye of Team GB Performance Director, Gary Hall.