27 October 2016

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October 2016 Edition

Inside this issue:

Taekwondo For All


To reflect the main purpose of the National Organisation a new trading name ‘Australian Taekwondo’ and logo have been adopted.  The new logo is contemporary and reflects that Taekwondo is for all and not just the sport.

The new logo represents the traditional white clothing and black sash of the Taekwondo uniform, against the green of the Australian Olympic team.

New badges will be distributed from December this year when clubs renew their registrations for 2017.

This is a new and exciting phase for the organisation and the new branding will shortly be reflected in our website, eNews, Facebook and Team Clothing with the World Junior Championships Team being first off the mark followed by the Oceania Championships Team. 

Board Election Results

The 2016 AGM was the first AGM where the State members had the opportunity to democratically elect Directors to the National Board. And the first AGM since the National merger where all eight States and territories were represented.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following who were elected directors of the Sports Taekwondo Australia Board at the AGM held on Saturday, 22 October 2016.

We would like to thank the outgoing Directors Stuart Lee and Daniel Trenton for their contribution to the Board over the past years.

Bilal Elmowy has vast                   Hassan Iskandar has a                    Simon Lew  holds the position
experience working on                   diploma in management                    of Clinical Advisory Chairman and
several NSW Taekwondo                and marketing and 15 years             Dentist in Charge at HCF, Australia's 
Executive Council.                          experience in sports                          largest Not For Profit health insurer. 
                                                        administration.  He previously           He has a Certificate in Directorship
                                                        held special responsibilities as          Foundations with the Australia
                                                        MNA Secretary General.                    Institute of Company Directors.

Australian Taekwondo Teams


In November Australia will be represented at several international championships, noteably, the 2016 World Junior Taekwondo Champinships which will be staged in Burnaby, Canada from  16-20 November, and the 2016 Oceania Taekwondo and Para Taekwondo Championships  which will be staged in Suva, Fiji from 26-28 November.

In total Australia will have in excess of 100 athletes and officials competing at these events and we wish them all well and look forward to successful competitions campaigns.

Grand Prix Final Championships


We are very pleased to announce that Safwan Khalill and Hayder Skhara have qualified for the finals of the WTF's Grand Prix series, and in addition, Carmen Marton has received an invitation to the finals which she is currently considering.

The World Grand Prix series final will be contested in Baku, Azerbaijan from 9-10 December 2016 and we wish our Australian athletes all the best for a successful competition.

Para Taekwondo Sponsorship


We are pleased to announce that as part of its Booyoung Para Taekwondo Development Program, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has approved our application for Kara Fournie to assist her to compete at the 2016 Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships in Fiji next month.

The funding provided through the program will pay for Kara's airfares to Fiji which are in excess of $1,000.

Kara and us thank the WTF for their generosity and support for Para Taekwondo athletes.

Poomsae World Championships


The 2016 WTF World Poomase Championships were a tremendous outcome for Australia resuting in two Gold and one Bronze medal. 

It gives us great pleasure to report the following results:

  • Bronwyn Butterworth Gold Medal in Individual Poomase - Female Under 65
  • Barry Jordan Gold Medal in Individual Poomsae - Male Over 65
  • Robert Pace Bronze Medal in Individual Poomase - Male Under 60

Overall Australia finished 9th in the competition.

We congratulate these athletes and their coaches on an outstanding result.

Kyorugi Referee Presenters Course

In the new year we will embark on the implementation of new accreditation courses for our official and coaches, and the first one off the rank will be the Kyorugi Referee courses.

In preparation for this, next month we are holding a Kyorugi Referee Presenters course with suitably qualified referees from the states and territory attending. The aim of the course is to qualify referees as presenters for their states so that the accreditation courses can be scheduled and run.

The Referee Course material has been developed by the Kyorugi Officiating Committee and we would like to acknowledge the work of Sally Bound in pulling all of this together for us.
Adrian Hitch has kindly agreed to run the two day Referee Presenter Course which will be held in Melbourne next month.

2017 Events Calendar

The 2017 Calendar is being finalised and at this stage we are able to advise that Selection Event for the WTF World Senior Taekwondo Championships will be held in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport in late February 2017. We are currently working through the Selection Policy for the World Championships and when finalised the package for the event will be released.

The National Championships are also likely to return to Bendigo in early October 2017. This will be a club based event and will be inclusive of colour and black belt grades. Also in the planning phase are a series of competitions targeted to elite athletes.

In addition in 2017 we will launch a Taekwondo Festival themed event which in addition to the traditional poomsae and sparring divisions, will also include breaking, family oriented poomase and tricking. Further details will be released once the program has been finalised.

Pan Pacific Masters Games


Taekwondo is one of the 44 sports on offer at the 2016 Pan Pacific Masters Games which will be held on the Gold Coast from 5 to 6 November 2016.

The Taekwondo event is being presented by Sports Taekwondo Queensland Inc and is open to athletes with a minimum age of 30 years as at 4 November 2016.  

For further information on the Taekwondo competition click HERE.

Please note that registrations are now closed.

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