The 2018 Taekwondo Scotland Championships attracted a record entry of over 600 players and a capacity crowd over the weekend of September 1/2…and the consensus as athletes, coaches, officials, family and friends left the Ravenscraig Sports Facility was “brilliant, the best ever”.
Scotland’s premier National level taekwondo competition this year attracted players from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, German and Scandinavia.
Organisers were especially pleased to welcome members of the Danish national poomsae squad whose outstanding technique was a highlight of the first day.
A VIP guest was British Taekwondo’s new CEO Shirley Stapleton who was warmly welcomed into the arena by Taekwondo Scotland’s new Chairman Jim Lewsley. Shirley stayed for the entire weekend and took the opportunity to get to know new colleagues in the Scottish TKD community, exchange ideas and discuss areas of mutual interest.
The weekend opened with a jaw-dropping display by Winner Taekwondo Performance Team under Master Sang Young Park and their awesome twenty-minute programme got the competition off to a flying start.
Event Organiser was Eighth Dan Grand Master David Bailey, Chief Instructor of Falkirk’s Central Taekwondo Academy – which, incidentally, celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary in November.
As athletes left on the Sunday evening to make their way home, he said: “We’ve had a fantastic two days here at Ravenscraig. The mixture of a great venue, a cracking atmosphere, a friendly Scottish welcome and some outstanding performances by the players has helped create a memorable championships.
“It was wonderful too to have Shirley Stapleton stay for both days and I believe the weekend clearly showed her that Scotland is capable of hosting top-class taekwondo events.
“Our Scottish athletes got a wonderful opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a capacity home crowd and compete against some top quality international players.
“I’d also like to thank our many volunteers from Scottish clubs who made this event possible. They are the unsung heroes and the vital cornerstone of this event – from cleaning equipment to operating scoreboards; thank you for your dedication and commitment to our sport. Here’s to next year! We would also like to thank “Kiran’s Trust”, our local charity, for sponsoring the fantastic team and outstanding competitor trophies”.
The headline results were:
1st Place Team – UTA Northern Ireland
2nd Place Team – Denmark
3rd Place Team – Central Taekwondo Academy
Outstanding Poomsae Player (Male) – Kai Muller, Germany
Outstanding Poomsae Player (Female) – Camille La Cour, Denmark
1st Place Team – Elite Martial Arts Academy
2nd Place Team – BTS
3rd Place Team – Vision Taekwondo
Outstanding Kyorugi Player (Male) – Robert Bennie, Elite Martial Arts Academy
Outstanding Kyorugi Player (Female) – Zoe Draijer, Norway