Newly-crowned triple world Taekwondo champion Scott Hughes is hoping that full-time employment will help fund his sporting ambitions as he looks ahead to joining the senior circuit when he turns 18 next year.
The Drummond High School pupil, who already has his eyes on next year’s senior world championships, begins work as a heating and ventilation apprenticeship on Monday and plans to put his new earnings to good use.
Scott admitted: “I should be able to go to more competitions with the money I earn through full-time work. Leaving school will also give me the chance to meet new people, so it’s a really good opportunity and one I’m really looking forward to.”
His 18th birthday will be in July and is he is already plotting his route to success when he steps up.
“My next aim is getting gold as a senior,” he said. “There’s the World Championships next year in Spain and a big Taekwondo competition is Canada as well.”
Hughes was a member of the Scottish team that travelled to Pisa, Italy, to compete at the week-long Unified World Kickboxing Championships. With more than 1000 fighters taking part, achievements at under-19 level are even more remarkable given he had to fight four of his world title duels last Sunday alone – triumphing in three.
Scott, who won gold in the ITF Taekwondo category as well as -89kg light and semi-contact for continuous fighting, also picked up silver in the +89 kg continuous light contact and bronze for semi-contact.
The youngster, who trains with the Taekwondo Edinburgh club, said: “I was quite amazed with how Sunday went and still am. I would have been happy just coming away with a bronze. This is definitely the highlight of my career so far.