Medowie Taekwondo Group Excels at NSW State Championships

The triumphant Imugi Taekwondo group at their first post-Championships training session.
The triumphant Imugi Taekwondo group at their first post-Championships training session.

 

LAST weekend 15 members of the energetic Medowie-based Imugi Taekwondo group competed in the NSW State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park.

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Competing with groups from across NSW, the Imugi team were awarded a swag of awards.

In total, eight NSW Championships were awarded to the group, with 13 Titles between them.

The final tally for the Imugi group was 13 Gold, 7 Silver, 7 Bronze and 3 Fourth-places.

Fourteen members of the team will compete at the National Championships in December.

News Of The Area spoke with four Imugi members.

Kenya Brown, 13, a student at Medowie Christian School came third and fourth in her competition.

She has been practising Taekwondo for the past two years.

Kenya said participating in the State Titles, “Is a bit scary at first but then you get used to it and it’s fun.”

“I do six competitions each year.”

Shonique Goossens, a year 10 student at Irrawang High School, was awarded State Champion and two second places.

She has been doing Taekwondo for almost five years and told News Of The Area that she enjoys Taekwondo for the, “Learning part, I love doing the forms.”

“I would like to be able to pass Taekwondo on to others.”

Bryce Tuppurainen, a year 10 student at Medowie Christian School was awarded three first places and has been doing Taekwondo for four years.

He said, “There is a lot of energy at the State Championships.”

“I really enjoy Taekwondo, it’s part of my personality, I’ve been doing it for so long.”

Tom Gillespie, a year 6 student at Medowie Public School, has been doing Taekwondo for four years; he was delighted to be at the Championships.

Tom, who also has Cerebral Palsy and Asperger’s Syndrome, said, “It was my first time competing at the State titles and I felt great competing.”

When asked what he likes about Taekwondo, Tom said, “I like to do it because I feel at home and I also get to be with Dad.”

 

By Heather SHARP

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