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eNews April 2017 Edition

Inside this issue:

Member Of The Month – Carmen Marton


Name: Carmen Marton
Age:     30 years
Club:    Melbpurne Taekwondo Centre
Member of Australian Taekwondo: 2000-2017

Why do you love Taekwondo?
All of the friendships I've made.

What value is most important to you in Taekwondo?
Physical fitness, emotional wellbeing and social support.

Carmen has recently been selected for her 9th World Championships – a record in Australian Taekwondo!

Monthly Snapshot – Never a dull moment

Well the first term back for 2017 is drawing to a close.  Judging by the membership take up for 2017 all of our clubs and participants have been extremely busy.  There has been a frenzy of activity in education with many new Referees becoming accredited,  Events around the country taking place, being organised and in planning .  Plus all of the classes and introductions of new participants in the clubs.

Please continue to share with us your interesting and inspitational stories and photos that promote Taekwondo.  Email to

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AT Membership Benefits – World's Best Practice Governance


As the only recognised National Sporting Organisation for Taekwondo in Australia, AT is expected to adhere to the Australian Sports Commission's (ASC) governance principles.

This means that you can rest assured that all policies and processes are scrutinized to the highest standard.

In the Global Sporting sector the ASC governance principles are held up as World's Best Practice examples, with many countries now adopting similar frameworks.

You can find out more about the governance principles HERE

Belgian and Dutch Opens – 2 Bronze Medals


Congratulations to all of our coaches and athletes who competed at the recent Dutch and Belgian opens.  There was great camradery shown between the clubs who attended, and a good mix of our experienced and up and coming athletes.

The stand out results came from Bailey Lewis from City West Taekwondo.  Bailey achieved a Bronze medal in the M-54kg events at both the Dutch and Belgian opens, coached by Frank De Pasquale.

NSW State Championships


NSW State Championships 23 April 2017

Entries open: 28 March 2017

Entries close : 15 Apri 2017.

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park-Netball Central

More Information: National Calendar

Cadet World Championships Selection Event

The Selection Event for the Cadet World Championships will be held at the AIS on Saturday 10 June 2017, and are to select the Australian Team for the 2017 World Cadet Championships which will be held in Egypt 23 – 25 August 2017. 

The package and selection policies have been released and available on the Australian Taekwondo Calendar with online entries opening on 8 May and clossing on 29 May 2017

The WTF have scheduled the championships in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh. While it is appreciated that the location is very distant from Cairo, nevertheless the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has a travel advice to Egypt of ‘Consider your need to travel’. This advice is a Level 3 warning and one level below the highest travel warning of Level 4 – Do Not Travel.
The Level 3 advice means “that there are serious and potentially life threatening threats that make the destination unsafe for tourism and unsuitable for most travellers. This could be due to an ongoing threat of terrorism/kidnapping, frequent incidents of violent crime, ongoing civil unrest, widespread disease, or other safety risks. Such destinations often have an unpredictable security environment.”

AT is currently working with the WTF and DFAT on the developmnet of a risk management plan.

Australian Taekwondo National Championships

We are very excited that the 2017 National Championships will be back at the Bendigo Stadium from 6 – 8 October 2017.  This year Breaking, Self-Defence and Family Poomsae are back on the competition program. The full schedule is here:

Competition Progeram

[Note: Colour belts are limited to Blue and Red Belts]

Date Event Details
Thu 5 Oct Registration For all Friday competitions
  Weigh-in For Friday sparring competitions
Fri 6 Oct Sparring 8-11 years old all belt grades 
  Sparring Masters all belt grades
  Sparring Cadet, Junior and Senior Colour Belts
  Registration For all Saturday competitions
  Weigh-in For Saturday sparring competitions
Sat 7 Oct Sparring Cadet, Junior and Senior Black Belts
  Sparring Para-taekwondo - all belt grades
  Technical Breaking, Self Defence
Sun 8 Oct Poomsae WTF, Individual Traditional, Pairs, Teams, Freestyle, Family
  Poomsae Para-taekwondo - all belt grades


Kukkiwon Hanmadang

AT has been invited by Kukkiwon to send a team to this year's Hanmadang which will be held in Anyang City, Korea from 29 July to 1 August 2017.

As there is no qualifications requirement for the Hanmadang, and we have released an Expression of Interest (EoI) to select the Australian Team to compete at the 2017 World Taekwondo Hanmadang.

Please note that the EoI is opened between 31 March and 28 May 2017.

For Registration and Information see the Online Expression of Interest.

Get Involved: Volunteer at our Events


AT and the Member States run many events around Australia throughout the year.  These events could not be the success that they are without the amazing volunteers who help out. 

If you are interested in being part of our events, contributing to their success, working with great people and making new friends please email

Funding – Coach and Referee Education


We have been fortunate enough to receive sponsorship from the Small Steps Foundation, which has allowed us to develop and roll out our education courses for Referees and Coaches. 

Our Referees are going well and the Coach Education Pilot program is underway, with the full program to be rolled out in the second half of the year.

These courses will comply with NOAS (referee) and NCAS (coaches) requirements and lead to national accreditations recognised by the Australian Sports Commission.

In The Community – Age is not a barrier


Neil Crammer, elder statesman and Black Belt at 84 years of age.

Neil came to Tigers Taekwondo at the YMCA in 2007 as a 74 year old novice ready to have a go.

A recent search of the peak body for Taekwondo in Australia records has revealed that when Neil completed his examination for black belt in December 2012 he was the oldest person to have achieved this milestone in the history of the sport in Australia.

It wasn’t as if he had a huge amount of spare time in his hands, as a life member of the Diamond Valley Gem Club, he has to fit in Bowls at the Ivanhoe Bowls Club where he has been a member since 1955, he has to front up with his paintings at Diamond Valley Arts and catch up with the goings on of the Melbourne PC Users Group.

Recently Neil succumbed to one of the scourges of our older population, a heart condition that required bypassed surgery, Neil credits his speedy recovery to the conditioning that he has acquired from Taekwondo, and can be quoted “Taekwondo saved my life”

This man is a credit to his gender and his age, with a real let’s have a “crack” attitude, and we at Tigers Taekwondo have the privileged to know him and be educated by him.

Could You Be The Next Local Sporting Champion?


Did you know that there are grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams?

Young people find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competitions, particularly those from regional areas.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Find Out More 

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