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eNews March 2017 Edition

Inside this issue:

Member Of The Month – Kara Fournie


Name: Kara Fournie
Years in Taekwondo: 17

Why do you love Taekwondo?
For me, the one thing I like best, is putting my foot on the mat and knowing that you’re doing something you love.

Also, the Taekwondo community has always been so supportive and accepting. Throughout all the clubs I’ve trained in, the coaches and players alike have always been willing to slightly adapt some aspects of the training, but still push me to better myself.

What benefits do you get from Taekwondo?
Taekwondo has become a passion. The discipline I have applied to practicing Taekwondo has been transferred to my everyday life. Taekwondo has given me confidence and drive to achieve my goals.

Kara was the recipient of the Booyong Para funding for the Oceania Championships

Monthly Snapshot – Huge Start to 2017

As the school year started, so too did a hive of activity with our clubs and members. Listening carefully to your feedback, as you can see we have refreshed our newsletter designed to promote our sport nationally  - for existing, new and potential members. In addition, we have created a dedicated newsletter for head instructors - Professional Standards News – that covers all the specific details on courses and accreditation, as well as clear and succinct instructions on actions required for Head Instructors.

If you have any interesting and inspirational stories and photos that you would like to share with us that promote taekwondo please send them in to

Note for all photos, we will need the following consent form to be signed and attached with the news item so we can publish the photo. CONSENT FORM

AT Membership Benefits – ALL Members Are Insured

One of the many benefits of membership with AT is access to our industry leading insurance package.  All AT members are covered by our insurance at all Taekwondo competitions in Australia, including AT accredited Referees and Coaches, and AT appointed Volunteers and Officials. 

This means that as a member you can participate with peace of mind that you are covered.

World Championships Senior Selections Event – History Is Made

The selection competition held at the Australian Iinstitute of Sport Combat Centre on 26 February was a great showcase of talent in Australian Taekwondo.

History was made by two female athletes: Carmen Marton (F-57kg) from Melbourne Taekwondo Centre in Victoria qualified for her 9th World Championship Team, and Chelsea Hobday (F+73kg) from Tan’s Taekwondo, Quensland became our first athlete to qualify to represent Australia at Cadet, Junior and Senior World Championships.

Congratulations to all athletes and coaches who competed. The full results can be found HERE.

World Championship and Development Teams

Congratulations to the selected athletes and coaches for the World championship and Development Teams.

Our World Championship Team will be in action in Muju, Korea from 24 – 30 June 2017.

World Championship
State Development
M-54kg Bailey Lewis Vic Jordann Cushing Qld
M-58kg Safwan Khalil NSW Adrian Abela Vic
M-63kg Damon Cavey SA Arash Arain NSW
M-68kg Thomas Afonczencko Vic Jackson Latcham Qld
M-74kg Hayder Shkara NSW Jack Marton Vic
M-80kg Ghassan Moufarrej Vic Cameron Taylor Qld
M-87kg Daniel Safstrom Vic Benn Nicholson NSW
M+87kg Jaxon Simmonds SA Kyle Nolan WA
F-46kg Juliet Contreras ACT Benecia Cheong Vic
F-49kg Keshena Waterford ACT Amelia Griffin SA
F-53kg Kyah English Vic Jennifer Lay NSW
F-57kg Carmen Marton Vic Catherine Risbey ACT
F-62kg Mia Italiano Vic Stephanie Freeman ACT
F-67kg Ruth Hock SA Allie Waideman WA
F-73kg Emily Stellino NSW Kersten Leroy NSW
F+73kg Chelsea Hobday Qld Kate McAdam NSW


Congratulations also to the coaches appointed to the World Championships and Development Teams.

World Championships State Development State
Danny Crkvencic ACT Danny Crkvencic ACT
Alf Dell'Orso Vic Ruth Hock SA
Frank De Pasquale Vic Lydia Zakkas Vic
Andrew Rozinszky Vic    


Selection Event Photos Support Aussie Team

Through the combined generosity of Drsimonlew Photography and  Dean Thompson Photography you can support our 2017 Australian World Championships Team by purchasing a digital action shot of the Team Selection Event.

There are hundreds of high quality action photos to choose from for a $10 download fee. All funds received go directly to supporting our athletes going to the World Championships in Korea in June 2017.

Below are just a few of the photos which can be downloaded. To view them all click HERE.

NSW Athletes State Poomsae Training – 26 March 2017

We are pleased to advise that NSW is holding its first Poomsae State Training.

This session will be a good training ground for our NSW Poomsae athletes in their preparation for the up-coming State Championships to be held in April 2017.

For more information e-mail Inho Kang at and include your 'club', 'name', 'belt' and 'age' by Friday, 17 March 2017 strictly.

New Zealand Open – G2 and Participation Event

Our friends over the Tasman have released the information for their New Zealand Open Event.  This event will be in Auckland from 13 – 14 May 2017.

As well as being a G2 ranked International event for our aspiring elite athletes, there are also participation events for our coloured belts, and Oceania Championships for our Para Athletes.

Information on the event can be found HERE.

Get Involved: Become A Sparring Referee


Our new Sparring Referee accreditation courses started in NSW last weekend, and other events around the country will follow. 

For the first time the entry level accreditations are open to non-Taekwondo practitioners.  So you don't have to sit on the sidelines, this is your chance to be involved and support your friends and family, plus contribute to Taekwondo in Australia.

The next NSW course is on 26 March and covers:

  • 4th Class, Re-Accreditations, Refresher and Entry Level for Black Belts.
  • 5th Class,  Entry Level for Red Belts
  • 6th Class, Entry Level with no Taekwondo experience. 

Information on the courses can be found HERE

Membership Cards – Out Now


Australian Taekwondo are proud of our growing membership of over 300 clubs nationwide and heading for over 13,000 participants. Our aim is to support all Australians interested in Taekwondo to reach their highest potential, whether it be for enjoyment or competitive achievement. Most importantly, our role is to maintain the professional standard of Taekwondo Clubs throughout Australia through education, certification and accreditation.

This involves:

  • Maintaining and delivering the certification, accreditation and education of Taekwondo, coaches and officials to world standards
  • Representing Australia with local, State and Federal government and international Taekwondo bodies to provide access for Australian athletes to international events
  • Supporting Taekwondo’s on-going status as an Olympic and Paralympic sport within Australia including the athlete pipeline and existing Olympians
  • Supporting the on-going success of the State-based organisations and their associated businesses; and
  • The promotion of Taekwondo on a national basis including National Competitive Events

In recognition of your membership, membership cards will be sent out shortly, along with the new badges and pins. We thank you for your support.

Funding - eHead Guards and eHogus

We have managed to purchase additional Daedo Gen 2 equipment with the generous funding from the World Taekwondo Federation's  Development Fund. 

We look forward to being able to use this equipment to ensure fair high quality matches at our events, and to enable our sparring athletes to have access to world class equipment and training methods.


In The Community – Our Oldest Member?


Veronica Bjorland is a 96 years young Elder who regularly participates in modified Taekwondo with Master Fay Shacklock at the Towobba Medical Service. 

Fay runs exercise classes with a group of Elders twice a week which consist of a modified version of Taekwondo including blocks and kicks.  Veronica belongs to the Bundjulung tribe.

Aunty Veronica loves attending classes because she really feels good after the class and it is so different to any other exercise that she has done.

Did You Know? – Child Safety

There is some very informative and helpful information and resources available free to all sporting participants at

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

Play by the Rules is a unique collaboration between the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW), the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. These partners promote Play by the Rules through their networks, along with their own child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion programs.

National campaigns featuring radio and television community service announcement ads, utilising national sporting icons, are also extending positive sporting messages more broadly to the general community.

Click on HERE today to find out more.

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