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    Amazing results from the Australian National Taekwondo Championships

    Mega congratulations to our amazing sparring team. We did something very special at Nationals in the past 2 days. Our simple team of 9 gladiators strapped on their armour, dove into their matches head first, heads held high and placing their best kick forward as their flashing pads glistened in the Bendigo Sports Center's lights.

    Please help me to congratulate our valiant team:

    - Dilan who valiantly went down in his 1st round match, but showed his class in the 2nd and 3rd rounds out scoring his opponent. Alas his 1st round left too big a deficit to recover from. But what a comeback!

    - Mayra who revisited her opponent from the State championships, managed to avenge her prior defeat to win the national title.

    - Ethan who was a totally different fighter and delivered the most stunning cut kicks to win 2 matches and the national title. He also won the prize of a pair of Mooto Gloves for being fighter of the day.

    - Hamish who totally blew his opponent away to win his national title

    - Sarina who fought a stunning first round to defeat her opponent (she manages to always send someone out crying) and then again met her foe from State Championships the awesome Olivia, went down to her but ended up National title runner up

    - Chris Issac who drew a very strong opponent from city west taekwondo, in his first round match, was confidently scoring and troubling his opponent when he accidently caught a kick in his eye hence could not continue. It was a great performance and i shudder to think what he could have achieved if not for this incident.

    - Daniel Woodcock who used he powerful style and excellent defensive movements to get himself through 2 matches to the final, alas the fighter from Koryo Taekwondo was very aggressive and Daniel picked up a foot injury that hampered him in the final. Coming back from 8:2 down he managed to get the score even at 8:8 with 30 seconds to go. What a gutsy performance just to achieve that as the Red Dragon supportive team were going mental for him to get just 2 more points. In pursuit if the points his opponent managed 4 more and Daniel achieved national titles runner up.

    - Chelsea who won through to her semi final to achieve a brilliant bronze medal

    - Lastly Luca dominated his division (after weeks of fasting so he could make his weight) by winning every match through 20 point gap. A very dominant performance to win him the national title.

    Big thanks to our amazing team, Adam Hopper for his amazing coaching (and let's not forget he drove the whole way by himself), Chris Kubisch for his support and ability to get past security, Chris Barton for managing the team and ensuring everyone was ready, the parents for their wonderful support and good humour (enough stories about Hawaii Belinda), special mention to Rick Karvouniaris for getting us started on this road, thanks for all your knowledge and excellent support of our team laying the right foundation, and lastly to Jeff Crane for his wisdom and many last minute items needed for the tournament. Jeff we are starting to fill that notebook!

    I sincerely hope all students can feel immense pride in this as our little club is starting to achieve big things. We want all our students to grow from this and look forward to sharing our stories and motivation this brings us to everybody.

    Bring on 2018!

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