The Best British Medal Haul to Date at European Masters Games!

British Taekwondo Masters Team have returned home to the UK after a successful weekend.

Successful may even be an understatement, as the team saw their most successful European Masters yet; bringing home 8 medals!

“This was the best result thus far for a British Masters Taekwondo Team”  said British Team Manager, Lucy Walton.

” This is testament to the effort put in at regular squad training sessions, and the high caliber of veteran athletes and coaches supporting the team”.

The Veteran Team, coached by GB development coaches Danyal Mirzaie and Richard Fairhurst, respectively added: “it was a great result!”

“To get some many medals was really pleasing, lots of countries commented how professional we were”

The British Team kicked off with a bang; the Kyorugi took place on Saturday, recreational divisions competing in the morning. Most notably, in the -68kg category Dave Baugh won his first two matches to go on to win the final, clinching his first European Masters Games title. Andre Holland followed suit, winning his first match 14-8 to get through to the semi-final, doing enough to take a bronze medal in the -80kg category. John Lockwood, Angie Bailey and Andrew Sowerby put in great performances, but it was not to be for them on this occasion.

The afternoon saw several British Masters athletes compete having previously represented GB at European and world Championships as Junior and Senior athletes. These athletes were now aiming to take their titles as European veterans in the competitive divisions; Rachel Buckley Salt commented: ‘after watching some amazing matches from my team mates in the morning, I grew more confident that I could do something good here’.

Rachel indeed made a convincing win in her first fight against her French opponent, scoring several head shots and back kicks, taking the win a 15-1 point lead. Rachel’s final match was no less convincing; she adopted similar tactics to take the European Title with a 13-3 victory.

Marcin Tata progressed through his first two matches against Dutch and French fighters to take his place in the final against Switzerland. After the first round Marcin was down 2-1 after a hard clash to his leg had taken its toll in his second match. Almost tasting gold, Marcin picked himself up to make an exceptional recovery, going on to win the +80kg title with a score of10-4. Marcin “Overall I think it was really good day…discovering another meaning of fighting myself – rather than opponent” said Marcin.

 Fellow teammate Katrina Snape also progressed through her matches to the final, where she stood against a Dutch athlete. Despite holding her lead 15-8, Katrina lost via deductions in what was a frustrating match for the British athlete. However, her successful performance still saw her into a Silver medal position in the -67kg category. Several great performances followed from 2013 World Masters Games Champion Dave Bailey, who took -68kg, Bronze,  Andrew Perez, taking -58kg Silver and Lindsey Eileen Mhairi Jeffrey -49kg, made golden efforts to take top place on the podium. Alonso Camacho won his first fight 14-1 against Italy in his first match, however missed out on a medal in a close quarter-final which ended 9-10 with France in the -80kg category.

The haul then, our British Team came home with: 4 Golds, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. The athlete’s and coaches had a fantastic experience as well as bringing back a great result.

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An exceptional result, and we couldn’t be more proud and pleased with the entire British Team. Congratulations too go to the Team’s devoted and talented support network – great stuff all!

If there are any athlete who would be interested in being part of ongoing Veteran squad training sessions please contact Team Manager Lucy Walton at taekwondomachine@googlemail.com to be added to the mailing list.