“I will always represent the Isle of Man now and I am looking forward to a bright future here”
Aaron CookTaekwondo star
Manx athletes compete under the British flag at the Olympic Games. However Cook has said he hopes representing the Isle of Man could lead to Olympic qualification without having to go through the GB system.
The 22-year-old has medalled in five out of the six A class events he has entered this year including gold medals in Sweden, Belgium and recently in Spain, where he defeated Nicolas Garcia Hemme, the silver medallist from the London Olympics.
"If I can help to train a few to fulfil their potential that would be great - I may even find a future star," added Cook.
Now training above a pub in Pulrose and fighting for the Crown Dependency he still retains a hope of representing Team GB at the Rio Olympics, while taking the sport on the island to a whole new level.
Isle of Man Taekwondo's director Richard Halsall said: "It is incredible - it's like a fairytale to have him here.
"We could never have anticipated having someone of Aaron's ability working with our students and representing the Isle of Man. It is a dream."
Cook, ranked number two in the world, has now travelled to Mexico ahead of the world championships in Puebla,
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