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eNews February 2017 Edition

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to 2017!

 Even though the Olympics are over we are in for a busy year with our Referee Accreditation courses up and running, and soon to be followed by our Coaching and Poomsae Courses. 

We also have three World Championships this year:

  • Seniors - June in Muju, Korea
  • Cadets - date and location not available at date of publication
  • Para Taekwondo - October, London, Great Britain
  • Kukkiwon Hanmadang - July/August in Anyang, Korea
  • Universiade - August in Chinese Taipei 
  • National Championships - Ocober, Bendigo, Victoia 

We also have coming up some exciting initiatives for clubs and members in 2017 – so watch this space.

Thank You!


Australian Taekwondo is appreciative of the support that you show us and we just couldn't do what we do without it, and we are encouraged by the membership take up so far in 2017. 

Membership cards are currently being printed and will be sent out shortly, along with the new badges and pins.

If you have any interesting and inspirational stories and photos that you would like to share with us please send them in to  Don't forget that if you are sending photos that you need the permission of the people in the photos.

World Championships Senior Selections

The Selection Event for the WTF World Senior Championships is being held at the Australian Institue of Sport Combat Centre on Sunday 26 February 2017. 

The weekend is not only about the Event to select athletes for the Australian World Championships Team and an Australian Development Team, but there will also be Referee, Coach and Athlete education opportunities.

Don't forget that entries and coach registrations close this Friday, 10 February 2017.  You can register HERE

Please also note that Athletes aiming for selection to the Australian Team need to complete their Expressions of Interest (EoI), which is available HERE, and Coaches seeking appointment as a coach or trainer on the Australian Team need to apply via an EoI HERE. All EoI's close this Friday 10 February as well.

Also a reminder to read the selection policies which are avalable at the above links, and that qualifying Athletes and Coaches are expected to attend the Training Camps which will be held at the AIS on 3–7 May and 2–4 June, plus an international competition.

European Competition Opportunities


An opportunity has arisen for athletes who are keen to compete in European G ranked competitions in March/April 2017. 

We have a number of member clubs who are attending the Belgian, Dutch and Spanish open championships.  Some coaches have kindly offered to assist athletes who may wish to compete, but their club will not be attending.  As you know, per our selection policies, it is an expectation of all selected athletes need to attend Australian Taekwondo camps and an international competition in 2017 prior to the World Championships. 

If you are interested in the opportunity to compete in these European events, please contact and we can put you in touch with the Coaches.

AIS Combat Centre Coach Education ‘2020 Vision’


Coach Education opportunity from the AIS Combat Centre and Australian Taekwondo “2020 Vision”

This is a series of two education seminars with the AIS and coaches from the other combat sports of Judo, Boxing and Wrestling. Attendance is required at both seminars:

  • 24 – 26 March 2017
  • 26 – 28 May 2017

The seminar is aimed at high performance coaches and leaders with a heavy influence on outcomes for Australia’s highest performing Taekwondo athletes over the next two Olympic cycles.

Further information and application details avalable HERE.

If you wish to be condidered, please send your one page Coaching CV and state your motivation for wanting to attend, to by Friday 10 February 2017.

2017 Universiade


The 2017 Universiade will be held in Chinese Taipei in 19-30 August 2017. 

We are currently working through our nomination policy which is required to be approved by Australian University Sport.  Once this process is complete we will publish the details.

In the meantime, details regarding the Universiade can be found on our website Calendar, or just click HERE.

International Referee Seminars

The next International Referee Seminar will be held in Tehran, Iran from 2–10 March 2017. 

To ensure that we have clear pathways, and are encouraging our competent and ambitious referees, the National Kyorugi Referee Committee has developed a policy and process for referees to attend the IR courses. The document is available HERE.

If you are interested in attending, forms can be obtained from

Use of AT Logo and Australian Coat of Arms

We are in the process of developing a series of guidelines on the correct and permissible use of the Australian Taekwondo logos to ensure marketing consistency and protection of our brand name.

We would also like to point out that the use of the Australian Coat of Arms (CoA) is controlled by legislation and administered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Use of the CoA without proper permission is in breach of several acts, including Competition and Consumer, Trade Marks and Criminal Code acts.

In regard to the CoA being used by sporting organisations, these are limited to National Sports Organisations, such as Australian Taekwondo, through the Australian Sports Commission, and then only applicable to official Australian Teams competing at international events. 

AT member clubs must not use the CoA by including it for teams that they send to international competitions, and AT cannot apply on their behalf to the ASC for such permission as these would not qualify under the Commonwealth Guidelines.

US Open


It was great to see a number of clubs competing at the recent US Open and gaining valuable international experience.

Congratulations to all competitors with special mentions going to our medallists:

  • Chelsea Hobday Gold Junior Female +67kg (Coach Ben Hartmann)
  • Hayley Thompson Bronze Cadet female -49kg (Coach Danny Crkvencic)
  • John Connely Bronze Ultra Male -80kg (Coach Dang Nguyen)


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