Dianne from Asda Gosforth packs a punch at taekwondo

June 26, 2019

Dianne Musham from our Gosforth store took up taekwondo so she wouldn't get bored as she watched her daughter train – and now she has a cabinet full of trophies after excelling at the sport herself!

Dianne, who's a grandmother of two, competes in tournaments all over the country despite suffering from vertigo and rheumatoid arthritis.

She's a member of Newcastle Taekwondo Club and has been enjoying the sport since 2008.

"I took my daughter Stacey for her first lesson when she was nine and a week later I thought, rather than just sitting round watching, I would join her."

Stacey became the club's first black belt at the age of 13.

Dianne, who has worked on checkouts as Asda for 17 years, said: "It does keep me fit and by being active it keeps both my vertigo and rheumatoid arthritis at bay. It stops me from seizing up."

Dianne – who's close to becoming a black belt herself – recently won a silver medal in the tag category and a bronze in the individual parring at the Lincolnshire Taekwondo Championships.

"I love competing the most. I've taken part in loads of competitions and won lots of trophies, and I'm looking forward to the British Championships in Birmingham.

She said her colleagues at Asda are very supportive.

Dianne said: "When I first started doing it some people didn't have a clue what I was on about, but then it was introduced to the Olympics and Jade Jones did really well and they soon realised what I was doing."

The sport does seem to the run in the family – with her two-year-old grand-daughter Olivia showing an interest too.

Dianne said: "Olivia thinks it's great and I've even been showing her the odd kick or two."

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