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Jade Jones gives Taekwondo classes in Spennymoor

Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones has been in County Durham giving coaching sessions in Taekwondo.

The 19-year-old, from the Welsh village of Bodelwyddan, gave lessons to more than 155 people at Spennymoor Leisure Centre on Sunday, with children from as young as five-years-old taking part.

Jade has quickly become the face of British Taekwondo since her success in the women's 57kg weight category at London 2012. She said: "A lot of people do recognise me. Obviously not as much as say if Mo Farah was walking down the street, but they just come up to me.

"I've even been woken up. I was sleeping on the train and I've actually been shaken as well like 'Can I have your autograph?'.

"Taekwondo is a low-key sport, so it's just sort of exploded and it's been good.

"I've started doing a lot of seminars to keep the legacy going and for Taekwondo. It seems to be going really great. All the kids are enjoying it and I'm happy to do it."

Jade's visit to the north east was partly down to her friendship with local athlete Jamie Abley. The 17-year-old trained with the Chi Taekwondo club in Spennymoor as a youngster, and was also Jade's training partner during the Olympics.

Jade says Jamie played a big role in her gold medal win. She said: "It's good to train with a lad that's aggressive as well. He doesn't care that I'm a girl.

"He just makes me stronger because his kicks are harder than the girls' as well, so it's good to train with him."

Jamie's training with Jade was part of a development programme designed to give young athletes first-hand experience of the Olympics. Jamie said: "It was one step for me towards the gold.

"I've experienced all the life around the Olympics, and all the hype and everything. So it's given me an overlook of what it is to win it [Olympic gold] really, and what comes after winning it.

There could be more good news on the horizon for Jamie's former club. Chi Taekwondo are in discussions with the GB Taekwondo Academy in Manchester about becoming official partners in the future.