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Martial arts: Jade Jones picked out as one to watch at London Olympics

A NATIONAL newspaper has tipped Flint’s Jade Jones to shine at the London Olympics.

Jade, 19, is hoping to secure a place on Great Britain’s tae kwon-do team for the 2012 Games.

Last Wednesday she was named on a list of 100 ‘stars in the making’ in a special Olympic supplement published by the Daily Telegraph.

Jade was described as ‘one of Britain’s brightest hopes for a medal’ and featured on a shortlist which included household names Jessica Ennis, Rebecca Adlington and Sir Chris Hoy.

The former Flint High pupil is expected to be picked by GB selectors for the under 57kgs category at the Olympics.

Firstly, she will be aiming to win a medal at next month’s European Championships in Manchester.

Jade took up tae kwon-do when her grandfather Martin took her to classes in Saltney to keep her ‘off the streets’.

She won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010 and was a silver medallist in the featherweight division at last year’s World Championships.

The teenager is now based in Manchester and is part of the GB Tae Kwon-do world class performance programme.