Halewood and Whiston Taekwondo Clubs sucess at the 2014 GTI English Championships.
The clubs competed as part of the North West Spirit Taekwondo Team at the tournament in Cheltenham on 9th February. 15 team members took part, and they brought home 17 trophies and medals - 4 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze.
The day started well for the team, with 8-year-old Philip Zhu securing gold in the boys blue belt patterns event, as well as bronze in boys blue belt sparring. His younger brother Matthew (6), competing in his first tae kwon-do tournament, fought very well to achieve a silver medal in the peewee sparring division.
Owen Cooper (11) fought well in the boys green belt division, overcoming a knee injury to take gold in point-stop sparring. The green belt girls also did well, with Olivia Connolly-Dixon (9) and Annie Rice-Gray (9) each winning a bronze in point-stop sparring. Olivia also achieved a silver medal in patterns.
Siblings Matthew Austin (6) and Heather Austin (11) were competing for the first time, and were delighted to come away from the competition with a bronze medal each in the yellow belt sparring divisions. Team-mate Jack Harrison (6) also achieved a bronze medal in the peewee sparring event.
Ethan Calland (15) achieved double success in the boys black belt sparring division, taking a silver in point-stop sparring and a bronze in continuous sparring. His dad (and Whiston Club Coach) Eddie Calland (45) added to the team’s medal haul with a silver in the black belt men’s sparring category.
Julie Rice-Gray (36) was competing in the blue belt division for the first time and did a great job, coming away with a bronze medal in continuous sparring.
Stef Davies (31) finished off the day’s achievements with more medals in the ladies black belt sparring division, taking a silver medal in point-stop sparring and a gold in continuous sparring.
This was the first tournament of the year for the North West Spirit team, who hope to continue their success at the next tournament, the PUMA World Championships in March.
Pictured above are a few of our junior team members - Olivia, Owen, Jack and Callum - with their winnings.