What a performance at the TCGB Championships this weekend. With our largest team for over 10 years, 11 for poomsae and 13 for sparring, the club’s players were outstanding and finished the day with 15 medals – 4 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze.
The day started with our poomsae competitors; Sian Reilly, Coleen Reilly, Michael Digby, Cullen Walker, Julie Roth, Luke Rowland, Paul Crawte, Neo Botha, Amy Stock, Bradley Welsman and Simon Jones. The standard this year was very high and with a full entry, the divisions were tough. First medal, a Bronze, went to Neo in the Female 11-13 Advanced. Good result in Neo’s first ever poomsae tournament. Next came from Amy, also competing in Poomsae for the first time as well, taking a fabulous Gold in the Female 14-17 Advanced. Bradley than added a Silver in the Male 14-17 Combined Intermediate and Advanced. The final medal of the poomsae came from Julie taking a Gold in the Female 18-34 Combined Intermediate and Advanced to add to her British Taekwondo National Title last month
After a short break it was then onto the sparring. Our sparring competitors were; Alex Stock, Amy Stock, Anthony Lewis, Cullen Walker, Dean Digby, Jamie Froude, Julie Roth, Kamil Nowak, Liam Griffiths, Luke Rowland, Neo Botha, Scott Coventry and Simon Jones. First medal of the sparring, a Bronze, was to come from Cullen in a high scoring match in his first ever tournament. This was followed by further Bronzes for Anthony, Liam, Simon, Luke and Amy, with Silver medals coming from Alex, Julie and Neo. Lots of good performances with our new advanced division players winning matches and showing great potential for the future. The sparring performance was capped off by two excellent Gold medals. Kamil fighting a final against a much taller opponent showed great timing to control the match countering headshot after headshot with accurate body attacks, to pull out a well deserved win. The day finished with our second Gold of the sparring and our fourth Gold and fifteenth medal of the day going to Dean. Dean fought a brilliant match in the final throwing accurately timed fast headshots to decisively take victory.
Well done, everyone. You trained hard for this and the result proved it.
Thank you to the three coaches, Gerry, Lynne and Coleen, to Callum who warmed up the players and got them prepared for the ring and to the friends and relatives who came along to support – especially impressive given the rotten snowy weather!
Further photos in the gallery and on facebook.