Liverpool businessman Mike Moran and his teenage son James Moran are both aiming to make their city proud of them this year but in two very different ways.
Mr Moran is Chief Executive Officer of Proton Partners International and is one of the pioneers of the £35m cancer treatment centre to be opened in Liverpool. The announcement was made last week and the centre will reinforce the city’s reputation as a leading hub of research into medical and life sciences, on the world stage.
The oncology centre, which will be known as The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West, will offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy and imaging from 2018, and proton beam therapy will be available in 2019.
Meanwhile, his son James will captain England’s junior team as they represent their country at one of the biggest international sporting events of the year, the 2017 European ITF Taekwon-do Championships, set to take place in Liverpool next month.
Mike Moran said: “I am delighted that our fourth UK centre is to be in my home city of Liverpool. Not only will we be bringing the top cancer technology to the North West, but we will be located at heart of what will be a world-class destination for science, innovation, education and technology. This investment will not only enhance the level of cancer treatment available to patients, but will also bring skilled jobs to the area.”
Mike Moran added: “2017 is a great year for Liverpool and I couldn’t be prouder of James for representing England at this major sporting event. Watching him compete at the Liverpool Echo Arena in April will be fantastic.”
Fresh faced James is also delighted that the Taekwon-Do Championships will be hosted by his home city this year and is training hard to ensure he will be at his very best. The sport is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world and James has enjoyed his role as poster boy for the event, where he posed with the city’s most iconic landmarks as a backdrop.
James said: “I am so excited and I am absolutely determined to make my city and my country proud. The championships are going to be big, a lot bigger than people may think. Liverpool is one of the greatest cities in the world and we are all proud to be representing our country there. I believe that the legacy the event is going to leave will be massive.”
In the run up to the championships, James is also taking part in the new programme with the city’s schools organised by the city council in partnership with ITF England Taekwon-Do. As part of a drive to encourage young people in Liverpool to get active, James and other Taekwon-Do instructors will visit schools weekly and teach pupils of all age groups.
Councillor Tim Moore, Mayoral Lead for Sport, said: “Introducing Taekwon-Do sessions into schools in Liverpool is a great way to attract newcomers to the sport, help youngsters hone new skills and increase their fitness levels. It’s great timing as the city prepares to host the Taekwon-Do championships in April, and you never know, with these new lessons we may uncover some future sporting stars.”
The championships will take place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena from 27th to 30th April 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Taekwon-Do in the UK. As many as 1,500 athletes from 37 Countries are expected to compete.