Following the close of the 2021 WT Poomsae Challenge II, we extend a massive congratulations to BT National Poomsae Team Cadet and Children athletes on a very successful championships.
By working with colleagues in the referee department in the first ranking event of the year, a selection was conducted for places in the National Team category. Adrianna Beard of Aspire and Lewis Morris of Gajok were both successful in earning this prestigious accolade.
Adrianna was successful placing well through the preliminary round, and ended her journey by placing 10th in the semi final.
Lewis Morris performed very well but bowed out in the preliminary round.
Both players have a bright future ahead of them reaching towards the 2021 Europeans and 2022 Worlds.
The following players played in the Cadet Open Championships and bowed out in the preliminary round:
Aarya Nilekar – Premierki
Bahram Qoreishi – LTA
Bethany Dewar – Central
Cuba Wilson – NTC
Eilidh Burke – Central
Izzy Mear – Pejic
Keira Gnanapragasam – Nomad
Lucas Ng – Kanghan
Lucy Henthorn-Lee – NTC
Max Cartwright – Central
Niamh Lawler – Gajok
Olivia McGeoch – Gajok
Yaqoob Dildar – LTA
We congratulate all of the athletes and their coaches for them doing so well in the Championships. Some of the players who performed are new to the squad for 2021 and have really shown great promise for the future.
Akinfolajinmi Akinrele of Nomad is one of the youngest athletes of the team and is new to the squad for 2021 and made an amazing first impression. He was successful through the preliminaries and bowed out in the semi finals placing 16th.
Two players; Evie Newby of Boston and Emily Mills of Gajok were both successful in reaching the finals of the championships.
Evie, at the time of the championships, was the youngest member of the squad, aged just 9 years old. However the level of maturity she showed to prepare for a major online competition, and perform the poomsae was commendable. Evie finished in an incredible 6th place in the final, earning her place in the grand final which will take place at the end of the year.
Emily, was selected to compete in the National Team event for Freestyle. Emily gave a strong performance in the semi final round which awarded her a place in the final. Emily finished an amazing 6th place in the final. She too has earned her place competing against the world’s best in the final which will take place at the end of the year.
The cadets and children that competed at this event have really excelled and have set an amazing benchmark for themselves and the rest of the squad.
We now look forward to 2021 World Taekwondo Poomsae Challenge III which will take place in September 2021, where our adult athletes will compete for selection to earn their place to compete against the rest of the world in this unique event.