Manx impress at Edinburgh tournament

The Isle of Man team at the sixth Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Edinburgh

The Isle of Man team at the sixth Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Edinburgh

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The Isle of Man Taekwondo team is celebrating getting onto the medal table at the sixth Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Edinburgh.

This was the first time the island had sent a team to the prestigious event, which was organised by British Taekwondo.

The six-strong team came home with a bronze medal in the syncro pairs and several other fine performances.

Isle of Man Taekwondo Association’s Richard Halsall said: ‘I was very proud to carry the Manx flag into the sold out Meadowbank Stadium with our team during the opening ceremony.

‘It was great to be accompanied by Tosha, the Commonwealth Youth Games mascot, who was very popular with the competitors from as far afield as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Nigeria.

‘The Isle of Man is very well known in taekwondo now due to world number one Aaron Cook fighting for us, so it was great for the island to medal in the martial arts side of taekwondo, and we are grateful to Luke Cook, Aaron’s brother and coach, for coming along to support us over the weekend.

‘Lisa Meads did a fantastic job coaching us all in elite Poomsae (forms) and we were so pleased that she herself won bronze with Jay Suico in syncro pairs, just missing silver by a tiny margin of 0.05.’

Richard added: ‘While I didn’t get past my semi-final, Jay made it through to the finals of the individual under-50s male section, and just missed bronze by 0.02, which is as close a margin as I’ve ever heard.

‘Likewise, Katie Meads made it to the finals of the very competitive world class under-30 females, and while she finished outside the medals, it was a brilliant performance.

‘Cadets Leah Morley and Hannah Doyle rose to the occasion and performed well in their first major international, and we hope to see them compete internationally next year.’

Places on the Isle of Man taekwondo team are open to students regardless of club or association, with a squad being sent to both the European and World championships in 2015.

For further information, please email or text 432152.

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