About Me

Me 2009

My life consists of Taekwon-Do, work and travel when I can. I work for Accenture as a Visual Analytics Consultant and I love my job, I'm a big geek at heart and also a very active person.

Taekwon-Do

Carly Wilson Taekwon-Do Flying Side Kick

I began training in Taekwon-Do at the age of 12 and have continued to train since 2001. Before I moved to university I trained up to eight hours a week both with my local club, TOTAL TKD, and later on with the national team. After achieving my 1st degree black belt at the age of 15 I was determined to compete at an international level. I attended my first European Championships in Romania in 2006, whilst I did not win any medals it was a great experience and gave me more motivation to go back the following year. In 2007, I attended the European Championships in Slovakia and the World Championships in Canada, here I received a combined total of one individual medal and four team medals.

2008

September 2007 saw me move to Southampton leaving me unable to continue training at my local club. Due to the lack of ITF Taekwon-Do clubs in Southampton I started to practice myself and attend ITF England squad sessions on a Sunday in Redhill. 2008 was my first year competing as a senior, at the European Championships in Poland I received my first individual senior bronze medal.

In September 2008 I achieved my 3rd degree black belt. From 2008 to 2012, I was unable to continue competing due to personal injury and university commitments. However, when my university education came to an end I was able to start training and competing regularly again. In April 2012 I achieved my 4th degree black belt.

In 2013 and 2015 I was selected to represent England at the European and World Championships.

Travelling

America

During the summer of 2009 I was fortunate enough to travel around the USA with my sister. Rather than undertaking this by ourselves we opted to go with Trek America on "The Grand Trek" whereby we would meet a group of other travellers and be part of a guided tour from New York to Los Angeles and back again. In total we travelled through 26 states stopping in numerous cities and national parks along the way, my favourites being the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and San Francisco. This was a trip of a lifetime and I would definitely recommend visiting these places if you get the opportunity.

Kenya

During August 2011 I travelled to Kenya for 4 weeks to volunteer in an orphanage and experience life in a different culture. My first 2 weeks were spent in Gilgil working at the Sanata Restart Centre which houses approximately 60 children rescued from the streets or abusive families and helps to educate and provide a home for them. I spent time teaching a few lessons, playing games with the children, helping to fix their computer and typing up the case files of the children. The final two weeks were spent in Nairobi at a different orphanage as well as visiting the rainforest and going on a safari.

I also took part in a number of other projects during my stay in Kenya, including an Outreach Weekend which entailed visiting the KCC Slum, an IDP Camp and the Garbage Slum in Nakuru and handing out bags of flour and fat to the families. An additional trip involved taking part in the Kibera Slum feeding program.

The day before I left Kenya a friend and I came up with a new project idea which involves making and selling t-shirts which we have designed and donating all of the profits to the garbage slum projects. This is still currently being planned.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand

While I was working at PA Consulting I was given the opportunity to take a 6 month sabbatical to go travelling. I jumped at this opportunity and travelled to 11 different countries including China, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia. I can definitely say that this is one of the best things that I have ever done.