Thursday 19th October the World Para-Poomsae took place along-side the Para-Kyorugi Championships at the Copperbox Arena in London. It was the biggest ever Para-Taekwondo event with 262 entries from 59 countries, with a record 48 athletes in the Poomsae division.
After a strict selection process, a team of 6 players were chosen to represent Great Britain looked after by the Para-Poomsae Coaching team: Master Gemma Biescas, Russell Watkinson and Terry Cooper.
In a tense elimination-style competition, all the GB players performed to the best of their ability and 4 medals were won which included 2 x Gold, 1 x Silver and 1 x Bronze.
Combined with the Kyorugi medal Great Britain came 3rd on the Team medal tally behind Russia & Turkey.
Results are below with a full write-up:
|P20 Junior Male||Bradley Brockies||Yong Gi||GOLD World Champion|
|P20 U30 Male||Ben Savage||Unite||5th|
|P20 U30 Female||Megan Clements||Aquila||5th|
|P20 31+ Male||Rajinder Chatha||LTA||BRONZE|
|P33 Female||Samantha Carrington||Kang Han||GOLD World Champion|
|P34 Female||Francesca Pivaro||Unite||SILVER|
The team had an excellent preparation with team training leading up to the event and also two days at the venue before the Championships.
BRADLEY BROCKIES P20 JUNIOR MALE WORLD CHAMPION
The P20 Junior Males opened the Championships and it was Great Britain’s Bradley Brockies who was the very first competitor of the day in his first International Competition. 13-year-old Bradley took an amazing victory over Serbia to become our first para World Champion a proud moment for Great Britain team and an amazing start to the day.
BEN SAVAGE – P20 U30 MALE – 5TH
Next up was 18-year-old Ben Savage who competed in the P20 U30 Male division. Ben showed amazing concentration winning against the USA in the first round but unfortunately just missed out on a medal to Chile in the semi-finals placing him 5th a great achievement in a very competitive category of 14 players.
RAJINDER CHATHA – P20 31+ MALE – BRONZE
Rajinder Chatha from LTA represented Great Britain in the P20 +31 Male category. 45-year-old Rajinder showed immense concentration and precision with his performance and won the crowd over with his sincere kindness to his fellow competitors after losing to Honduras. Rajinder took home a very well deserved Bronze.
MEGAN CLEMENTS – P20 U30 FEMALE – 5TH
Next to compete was 27-year-old Megan Clements in the P20 U30 Female category. Yellow belt Megan showed fantastic confidence competing against a black belt competitor from Chile but just missed out on a medal in a very close scoring match. Megan showed real potential for the future.
SAMANTHA CARRINGTON – P33 FEMALE – GOLD WORLD CHAMPION
After a busy morning and a long wait, the afternoon saw the P30 divisions take to the floor. Team Captain 30-year-old Samantha Carrington competed in the P33 Female division. She used all her experience and determination to perform the compulsory Poomsae in a tense final against Russia to take the Gold and become our 2nd World Champion of the day.
FRANCESCA PIVARO – P34 FEMALE – SILVER
The last GB competitor of the day was 15-year-old Francesca Pivaro in the P34 female category. Francesca was the only junior in the division in a merged category of ages and of other P30 categories. Francesca performed with power and elegance to beat Hungary in the semi-finals but lost out to the Australian competitor in the finals to get a very well deserved Silver.
The team was also supported by Mr George Barratt who came as the official Para-Poomsae photographer. Coaches, players and supporters all noted what a special, positive and memorable event the Championships was and the team will be looking to expand and prepare for future major competitions.
For more information about Para-Poomsae please contact one of the para coaches and attend one of the regional training sessions – Gemma.Biescas@Britishtaekwondo.org