Jennifer Goddard, a nursing student from the University of Worcester, has won an impressive haul of three bronze medals.
Ms Goddard, 25, from Clifton-Upon-Teme, near Tenbury Wells, recently returned from the Shito-Ryu Karate World Championships in Mexico.
“It can be stressful at times as I have very little spare time”
She has been training as a martial artist since the age of 11 and is currently a black belt 3rd Dan. She said she found she needed to draw on all her years of experience during the championships.
“The arena was huge,” she said. “It was both exciting and nerve-racking to compete on such a big stage, but that’s where the years of experience make the difference.”
“To have come home with three bronze medals was amazing,” she said. “It has inspired me to train even harder. Standing on the podium receiving the medals is a feeling I’ll never forget.”
Nursing student bags three medals for Karate
Ms Goddard chose to retrain as a nurse at the University of Worcester after originally choosing to study a different area of healthcare.
“Originally I completed a nutrition degree at university and worked for a time as an NHS dietetic assistant, but I wanted to spend more time one to one with patients, and being able to help people on a daily basis attracted me to nursing,” she said.
She added that balancing her karate and nursing training was sometimes difficult.
“It can be stressful at times as I have very little spare time,” she said. “I have to prioritise my time wisely, but this is part of the normal discipline involved in being a martial artist.
“I hope to graduate with a good degree and then be able to find work locally. My eventual goal within nursing is to become a GP practice nurse,” she said.
“In karate I am aiming to continue competing at tournaments at this level and to take my 4th Dan examination. In the future I may consider teaching karate myself,” said Ms Goddard.