Aaron Cook with his family

Watch Aaron and his family at home and in training.

The Portrait

Aaron Cook with Christine Cook, Nigel Cook and Luke Cook
Photographed by Finlay MacKay
6 December 2010, the Cook family home, Manchester

In 2010 Aaron Cook, seen here with his family at home in Manchester, became the first British man to be ranked world number one in taekwondo (under 80kg category). He took up the sport aged five, progressing to senior level in 2007. He became British champion, a title he continues to retain, and reached the semi-finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, narrowly missing a medal. Luke his brother (far left), Christine, his mother and Nigel his father, each play a fundamental role in his preparation for London 2012.

‘We wanted to know as parents that we had done everything we could. Taekwondo is a young Olympic sport and we had no path to follow.’
Christine Cook

© Finlay MacKay/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012