Aaron's parents, Nigel and Christine, left their family home in Dorset in 2008 to join their son in Manchester, close to the GB training centre.
Beijing Olympian, Aaron Cook, on his taekwondo struggles and successes
They built a gym for Aaron in their back garden and travel to many events. His brother Luke also takes on filming responsibilities and is currently gathering footage of Aaron's potential 2012 opponents at the
World Olympic qualification tournament
in Baku, Azerbaijan.
"My family have been incredible," stated Cook.
"There has been a lot of sacrifice, at times they've been working two or three jobs just to help fund me, but it's all helped to get me this far and hopefully it'll get me on top of the podium in London."
However, recruiting top quality coaches and event travelling to open events will not be easy as Cook will have to finance these himself.
"We're still trying to get together the best team that we can with limited resources but we'll do the best we can."
Furthermore as a result of leaving the GB Taekwondo performance programme, the fighter had to give up the
Athlete Personal Award
(APA) which he received from UK Sport.
Commercial sponsorship will therefore become increasingly vital and a perfect example of this came with the news that Cook was to be 'immortalised as a real-life Power Ranger action figure'.
A rather excited Cook stated, "it's a little bit strange seeing yourself as a toy but it's amazing at the same time."
"I loved the series as a kid and it's what made me get involved with taekwondo because I loved the martial arts side of things - it's definitely a childhood dream!"
“Getting that winning feeling again was great, but seeing kids look up to me as a Power Ranger is cool!”
Aaron CookEuropean taekwondo champion
Cook denies that endorsements like this could become a distraction and says he hold no grudge against the GB Taekwondo setup he quit last month.
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