Taekwon-do champions’ medal haul celebrated

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton's Oceanic Taekwon-Do Academy won 22 medals at the AAITF Taekwon-Do State Championships.
Camera IconGeraldton's Oceanic Taekwon-Do Academy won 22 medals at the AAITF Taekwon-Do State Championships. Credit: Jason Bradley

Geraldton’s taekwon-do competitors have once again proved they are the team to beat at the All Australian International Taekwon-Do Federation’s State Championships.

Last month, eight students from the Oceanic Taekwon-Do Academy in Geraldton travelled to Perth for the competition, bringing home 23 medals — 15 gold, six silver and two bronze.

Ten-year-old Sharlie Townsend, the youngest member of the team, won four gold medals after she took out every division in which she competed.

Master Jason Bradley said Claire Luces, who represented Australia in the 21st ITF Taekwon-Do World Championship in Bulgaria in August, did “exceptionally well” with three gold medals and one silver.

“Everyone came back with at least one gold medal each,” Bradley said.

“Our club does exceptionally well and that’s because of the dedication from our students.

“We train really hard leading up to any competition.” Bradley said the team was now preparing for the national championships, held in Perth in December.

The academy, which opened in 1996, runs seven classes a week at the Fitzgerald Hall in Bluff Point.

Bradley said anyone from the age of five to 99 could join the academy.

Geraldton’s Melissa Kiddle and Kelsie Williams also travelled to the world championships in Bulgaria as part of the Australian team.

While Australia bagged one gold and two silver medals, Kiddle was awarded a bronze medal.

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