Larbert Asia is one of Britain’s best

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She’s already training with them, but Asia Bailey has spent the past few weeks proving she is among the best in Britain.

Since The Falkirk Herald last reported on her achievements of being selected for the British World Championship team – becoming the first Scot to do so – in the edition of March 15, the Larbert High pupil has taken the world by storm.

Now, 14-year-old Asia is being tipped for the Olympics, but not this year's event – though she's training with the athletes that will be competing in London.

She missed the Falkirk Sports Awards while in Egypt at the World Championships, and of the seven Brits competing, the local lass was the only homegrown fighter to make it onto the World Championship podium.

“It was a great result from a junior athlete who has a promising future” said GB Taekwondo Performance director Gary Hall.

"She has worked hard at her club, Central Taekwondo Academy, (in Carronshore) and more recently within the GB Junior programme.

"Asia's success is fully deserved and is also a great boost for the newly established Scottish Development Programme."

Mum, Angie, who is also a black belt like Asia's dad Master David Bailey, was also delighted for her club-mate and daughter, “I’m so proud."

"She has grown so much as a player over the past nine months both within the Scottish National Team and the GB Taekwondo Junior camps.

"And she’s listened to and been inspired by Sarah Stevenson at her Inspire Workshops. It has all paid off.”

As an upcoming athelete Bailey has had the chance to train with the cream of British Taekwondo at the National Training Centre in Manchester and also has a chance to speak drectly to experts in the sport - like World Champion and Olympic gold medal favourite Sarah Stevenson.

And it's the Olympics that Asia's now being tipped for as a potential candidate in Rio de Janiero in 2016 – despite only competing competitively for a year.

She came from behind to defeat Bagtas Simge from Germany after being 2-1 down with only 10 seconds remaining but made a storming finish and took the game 4-2.

She then saw off European bronze medallist, Erin Jacobsen from Norway, nine points to one, then earned a medal shot with a late three-point head-strike in the final second to scrape into the semi-final where she was beaten by Wan Ting Lin from Chinese Taipei.

But her efforts were enough to earn third place to add another medal to the gold she won at the Dutch Open in Rotterdam four weeks ago.

And the World bronze medal at 42kg category also made Asia the first Scottish medallist and the youngest-ever British player to medal at a world championship since they were introduced in 1973.