Maddock adjusting to life after Baku gold
08 October 2015 / 06:52
European Games champion Charlie Maddock admits she is still adjusting to life as a major competition winner.
Taekwondo fighter Maddock picked up gold at the inaugural European Games in Baku this summer, beating Serbia's Tijana Bogdanovic in a golden point final.
Further medal success has followed in Israel and Poland with Maddock admitting her name is more widely known now in the public.
The former kickboxer will be in action on home soil at the Manchester Grand Prix later this month.
And while making a late push for qualification for the Olympics in the -49kg class may prove just out of her reach, Maddock insists she is hungry to keep progressing.
“It’s been such a hectic season for me,” she said. “Firstly at the start of the year, I did a couple of tournaments at -53kg and then I went to Baku and I had to drop weight for that.
“That was an amazing experience, and competing in the World Championships and getting to the quarter-finals – in my first ever major championships – was overwhelming.
“Competing in the tournaments after Baku, trying to get to the Grand Prix events and then fighting in them, it’s been a crazy two years.
“It’s definitely exceeded all my expectations of how I was expecting to do in 2015, and I think the experience has taught me how to control all my nerves and expectations.
“At this point of my career I just need to go out there and enjoy it; not think that I’ve got to go out there and do so well, or I’ve got to do this or that.
“For me, if I’m honest I don’t think I’ll be able to make the Olympics this time around. I’ve got to make the top eight in the rankings and it’s touch-and-go at the moment, but still every competition I compete in is a big step.”
Up next for Maddock is the Manchester Grand Prix later this month, where she will get the opportunity to strut her stuff in front of a home crowd for the first time.
And with plenty of ranking points still on the line, her feint chances of Olympic qualification could get a major boost with a medal.
She said: “It’s overwhelming to think about it. My parents are coming and they’ve not really seen me fight properly before.
“They came to the Commonwealth Games, so this is only the second time. I want to make them proud.
“It’s also my first major tournament on home soil and that should be fun. It would be good to get the crowd behind me; if I’m down on points, they can get me back up, or if I’m in the lead they can help me keep it.
“To get a medal in Manchester would be the icing on the cake for the season. It would be amazing but I’m just going to try and enjoy it – still try to get the points needed for Rio but enjoy myself doing so.”