It is with much sadness that we have to report the passing of one of our black belts, Joy Stirk. Joy was a late starter in Taekwondo but developed a real passion for it and especially for poomsae. She started her Taekwondo with Waterside Taekwondo progressing to 2nd Dan before joining Bluewave in 2019 to focus on developing her poomsae for competition. Following a Silver Medal at the 2019 National Championships, she was selected to be a member of the British Taekwondo National Squad and then as British Taekwondo’s representative in the Female 66+ division for the 2020 World Championships, which unfortunately were then cancelled due to the pandemic.
Joy was committed to her training and showed that it is never too late to start. She enjoyed competition and was very supportive of her fellow competitors. She will be missed by those in Bluewave and the wider community.
We pass our sympathy to her husband, Malcolm, and to all her friends and family.