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Tara's comeback is a golden moment

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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THERE'S gold on the floor of the Churnet Valley – but it's not there for the taking of eager prospectors.

The gold is in the shape of medals won by sportswoman and role model Tara Burndred, pictured, who lives in the quaint Moorlands village of Oakamoor.

The jiu-jitsu competitor proved that's it's never too late to make a comeback when she was crowned a world champion last year after a lengthy absence from her favourite sport.

Burndred had previously represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Doncaster in 1993, where she picked up a silver medal in the demonstration pairs event.

The graphic designer also represented her country at the European Championships in Athens two years later, as well as competing at events across Europe.

Burndred then took a break from the sport to give birth to her son Ash, now aged five, and daughter Ellie, now two years old.

But she couldn't resist returning to jiu-jitsu last year and after just two months back in training, she found herself competing in the world championships in Andover, Hampshire.

Burndred showed she had lost none of her skills by winning the individual gold in the 78kg and over category, after beating Australian Steffi-Louise Stackpole, and then added icing to the cake by sharing the team title.

Since winning the world crown in September, Burndred has decided to set up Breathe UK, a charity with the aim of professionally teaching adults and children the martial art. Burndred, who defends her world title in Switzerland in September, said:"I want the sport to grow and I feel like I have something to give back. "It is all about training, self-esteem, confidence, and in particular for older people."

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