WTF championships May 2017


Plymouth Studio School’s top performing Taekwondo athletes, Year 13 Tate Budge and Year 10 Rhys Roffey, have been in action again, scooping a total of 4  medals between them at the recent UK ITF finals and WTF British Masters.

17 year old Tate Budge took the title of overall UK ITF under 18s 3rd degree black belt patterns champion at the UK ITF finals in Swindon, bringing his total of UK titles to five in addition to two world titles.

Tate also picked up a silver medal as part of the boys’ under 18’s patterns team and a gold in the under 18’s sparring team.

Following his selection to join the GB Taekwondo Talent Programme for the 2020/2024 Olympics,  Year 10, Rhys Roffey, took part in his first WTF British Masters competition in London recently.

Competing against a team GB British champion in the under 16’s sparring, Rhys picked up a silver medal on his first WTF fight.

Jon Rhodes, Head of Sports Performance for Plymouth Studio School comments, “It’s amazing to see such focus and determination in these students and we’re extremely proud of their performances.”

Both students combine their academic studies at the School with tailored strength and conditioning training and mentoring, including sports psychology, as part of the School’s specialist sports programmes.

Tate, who has been studying for his Extended Diploma in Sport  at the school, is now hoping to take up a career as an PT instructor in the RAF.  He has also recently been nominated for the Devon Sports Awards which will take place in June at Sandy Park in Exeter.

Anyone interested in taking up a Year 10 or 12 place for September 2017 at the specialist sports academy school based on-site at Marjon should call 01752 243900 to book a tour or sign-up for the Year 12 Taster Day on 7th July at