Locals shine at regional event
TAEKWONDO: Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan held its first regional invitational tournament on Saturday.
Students from both the Proserpine and Cannonvale clubs came together with the Hwa Rang Taekwondo Club in Mackay to compete in technical and sparring (fighting) divisions.
"Our tournaments are designed to allow students to put into practice the skills they have learned in class," head instructor Vicky Gillam said.
"It is also designed to give students a feel for what it is like to be in a competition situation, be it sparring or technical, should they decide to participate in a higher level or state tournament."
Vicky, a fifth dan black belt, judged the events and was assisted by second dan instructors Jim Hodges and Michael Venton as well as first dan black belts Nick Marsionis, Zayne Taylor-Crane and Gareth O'Sheehy.
"There were some awesome displays of technical skill in the self-defence, jumping front kick and poomsae events and the sparring results were absolutely awesome. Especially from those students who participated in their first tournament," Vicky said.
"The female yellow minor fighters were quite a sight to see, as were some of the blue and red belts.
"All up it was a great day for both competitors and spectators alike. A huge congratulations to all those students who competed, especially those who had never been in a tournament before."
The Proserpine club was announced as the winning overall group while the best competitor prizes went to Lil Kelly (minor), Malita Mailman (junior) and Bailey Flannery (senior).
Noah Staton (yellow), Jesse Smylie (blue) and Beau Morgan (red) claimed the best poomsae gongs for their respective divisions while Lil Kelly (minor), Beau Brebner (junior) and Bailey Flannery (senior) won the best self-defence titles.
The best jumping front kick winners were Josh Faletti (minor), Beau Brebner (junior) and Bailey Flannery (senior) and the best fighter accolades were shared among Amber Taylor (minor), Malita Mailman (junior) and Bailey Flannery (senior).
Whitsunday Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan has training sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in Proserpine and in Cannonvale on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 0416 350 439.
Poomsae - gold
Amber Taylor, Noah Staton, Beau Morgan, Emma Faletti, Grace Staton and Jesse Smylie
Self-defence/one step - gold
Josh Faletti, Noah Staton, Jesse Smylie, Bailey Flannery, Beau Brebner and Lil Kelly
Jumping front kick - gold
Josh Faletti, Jesse Smylie, Bailey Flannery, Beau Brebner, Lil Kelly, Malita Mailman, Madison Taylor and Jasper McKinnon
Sparring (two rounds)
Alexandra Tilbrook (gold/gold), Angus Kelly (silver/gold), Bailey Flannery (gold/gold), Beau Morgan (silver/gold), Chelsea Howard (silver/silver), Elliot Staton (silver/silver), Grace Staton (gold/silver), Imera Friend (silver/silver), Jesse Smylie (silver/gold), Katie Moore (silver/silver), Kody Smylie (gold/gold), Kyle Shulz (silver/gold), Lillian Kelly (gold/gold), Lucas O'Toole (gold/silver), Madison Taylor (gold/silver), Malita Mailman (gold/gold), Marcus Thomas (gold/gold), Noah Staton (silver/gold), Rylan McDonald (silver/silver/silver), Tavis McDonald (silver), Taellum Friend (silver/gold) and Wiremu Tairaki (gold/gold)