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Cadets shine at the 2011 Scottish Open Poomsae Championships

UK Poomsae’s new Cadet National Poomsae Squad athletes had their first outing at the recent Scottish Open held in Grangemouth. The event was the biggest ever Poomsae Championships held in Scotland with nearly 200 competitors from 20 teams around the UK and beyond and utilised the Adidas electronic scoring system, as used at this year’s European Championships.

Competition was high and nerves were on edge as the athletes battled it out to be Scottish Champion 2011, especially between the current BTCB British Championship medallists. In a tight Cadet Female final Taylor Goodall (Halton), current British Champion narrowly edged Emily Whiting (Livingwell) for the Gold medal with Ellise Bailey taking the Bronze. In the Cadet Male category Henry Chui (Carlton Arena) added a Bronze Medal to his British Championship Gold with home favourite Joe Evans (Central) taking the Gold and Ahmed Hassan (LTA) taking Silver.

Taylor, Emily and Henry are all members of the new National Cadet Poomsae Squad which is a new initiative launched in the summer by BTCB UK Poomsae to seek out, inspire, encourage and develop potential athletes and put them onto a pathway to hopefully be selected to represent Great Britain at future World and European Championships. Previous Cadets who who have made a successful transition into Juniors and then onto Seniors have been Sydney Craven and Guntur Dwiarmein who represented Great Britain at numerous World Championships including this years 6th World Championships in Russia.

With the introduction of the new age categories by WTF next year many of our current Junior national squad athletes will move into the Senior categories so the development of our Cadet Squad will be crucial in the future development of National Team. The Cadet Squad will be under continual development with future sessions hosted throughout the UK to seek out further talent not yet part of the National setup and to bring potential athletes into it.

Master Derek Sumner (BTCB UK Poomsae Chairman) said “our first National Cadet Squad to compete at Scottish open, all performed well with many taking good places and medals and for sure the future looks bright and encouraging with such young national talent. Well done to all the cadets who competed. The Cadet squad will accompany the Senior squad at the National Poomsae seminar this month with National Team Coach Master Gemma Biescas in Nottingham on 23rd October. We actively encourage all instructors and athletes to participate in the event were hopefully we can introduce further cadets into the National setup. The next major event we will be competing at will be the Portugal Open A-Class next month where again many of our Cadets will be competing alongside our Junior and Senior National players and we hope to bring back good results for Great Britain. 2011 has been amazing year for UK Poomsae with the country ranking 6th overall at the World Championships thanks to a Gold Medal secured by Grandmaster T.W. Shin in Russia as well as medals at the European Championships in Italy. However we will not rest on our laurels. 2012 will be an important year for Taekwondo with the spotlight on in the UK with the advent of the London Olympics. We want to make sure that the UK continues to be a World leader in this Technical discipline of Taekwondo and hope to maintain our momentum for the 2012 World Poomsae Championships. Key to our selection for this major event will be the BTCB National Championships in February where we will select our new National Poomsae Squad for 2012. We are looking forward to seeing our Cadets continue to shine and hopefully develop into future medallists for Great Britain”.

For more details on the National Poomsae Seminar in West Bridgford, Notts on the 23rd November please see the calender on the BTCB website.

Also happening this month is a BTCB Poomsae Judges Course held by twice World Champion Grandmaster Shin 9th Dan. This will be a very important course with the new rule changes coming into place for 2012. Again for more details please see the calender on the BTCB website.

For more details about Poomsae and how you can get involved please see the Poomsae section of the BTCB website.