THE West Taekwondo Club has returned from a competition in Scotland with numerous medals.
The team, which consists of children and adults of all different grades, took part in its toughest competition so far.
Last week the students went to Glasgow to compete in the TKDSL round robin event and are ‘over the moon’ with their results.
During competitions, the club is expected to perform all techniques, including patterns, stances, blocks, strikes and kicks.
More than 75 medals were won by the club. A group of 33 students entered the poomsae section where they performed their last grading pattern and another pattern of their choice.
The club were delighted when it won 13 golds, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals in this section.
Nancy Shefford had the highest score of the day, when she earned a score of 13.2.
The main part of the competition was the round robin kyrougi matches (sparring) – the club entered 28 students in this section.
Individuals’ competitive streak and stamina was put to the test when most had to compete in either two or three matches each.
In true Olympic spirit West won four gold, eight silver and 17 bronze medals.
Euan MacMurchie came out in top and brought home a gold medal in his first taekwondo competition.
Another gold medallist was Amy Whiteway, who won a gold by showing great skill and stamina against her two opponents. Meanwhile, Tom Woodall picked up a silver medal by performing some ‘amazing’ spinning kicks and head shots, said the club.
Joanne Burns, from West Taekwondo Club, said: ‘All who fought found their opponents to be fantastic sportsmen and enjoyed the challenge of fighting against others with so much more experience.
‘We have come so far in such a short amount of time, we are all proud of them.
‘West Tkd would like to thank all the students who have trained very hard and showed great commitment to the club and all parents those who accompanied and those who couldn’t come for their continued support – it’s with this support that the team is as strong as it is.
‘West would also like to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Ellan Vannin Fuels and Heritage Homes for their very kind donations towards the club’s expenses.’
Overall the club came out on top to claim the Winning Team trophy at the event.
The West Taekwondo Club is proud of this achievement and will add it to its trophy collection, which is on display in the foyer at Peel Clothworkers School in Derby Road.
The club, which opened in September 2010, meets three times a week at Peel Clothworkers School and has around 85 members.
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