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PUBLISHED: 17:46 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 July 2010

Liam Palmer, a taekwandoo black belt with Olympics hopes.

Liam Palmer, a taekwandoo black belt with Olympics hopes.

Striking gold is becoming second nature for Liam Palmer - and the champion taekwondo black belt is dreaming of doing it at the 2012 Olympics, writes Ian Clarke.

Striking gold is becoming second nature for Liam Palmer - and the champion taekwondo black belt is dreaming of doing it at the 2012 Olympics, writes Ian Clarke.

The 16-year-old from Dereham - who scooped 24 trophies and medals in 2008 including 17 golds - started in the sport six years ago to give him a focus to help with coping with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Liam proved himself a natural and has gone from strength to strength and has gathered an impressive haul of silverware from regional, national and British competitions.

The year 11 student at Dereham Neatherd High School trains four nights a week and every other Sunday and hopes the dedication could help him reach the Olympic team for the London Games.

“It would mean everything to take part in the Olympics in London. It would be a dream come true,” he said.

Liam - who has moved up from lightweight to middleweight class - is hoping to become a taekwondo instructor when he leaves school and his aim is to have his own school. He said he really enjoys competitions and totally committed to his training.

Liam's mum Jackie said taekwondo had had “an immense” effect on him. “It has really, really focussed him.”

She said when he first started she wanted an “un-medicated” way of dealing with ADHD and the sport had proved the answer.

Liam's 10-year-old brother Callum is also a keen competitor and he came third in the British Open.

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