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eNews May 2017 Edition

Inside this issue:

Member Of The Month – Chelsea Hobday


Name: Chelsea Hobday
Age:     17 years
Club:    Tans Currumbin
Started Taekwondo: 2009

Why do you love Taekwondo?
My extended Taekwondo family and pushing myself to see what I can achieve

What benefits do you get from Taekwondo?
Taekwondo has taught me about commitment, self discipline, respect, setting goals and working towards achieving them.  It also has trained me to believe in myself and has shown me that with hard work comes rewards.  I have also discovered that when you have nothing left in the tank, you can always push yourself further. 

Chelsea is the first Taekwondo athlete to have been selected to represent Australia at Cadet, Junior and Senior levels.

Monthly Snapshot - Keeping Taekwondo Safe


Australian Taekwondo is committed to keeping all of our members safe.  We have a Member Protection Policy, which can be found HERE, and we require all of our officials and coaches representing AT to undertake safe working practice and anti-doping education.  These are also part of our coaching and officiating education.

Did you know that as a National Sporting organisation we are a mandated reporter?  This means that AT has a legal obligation to report any serious incidents to the relevant authorities.

It is up to all of us involved with Taekwondo to help maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all of our participants.  There are lots of resources out there providing information including:

A new Member Protection Policy will be released in the coming weeks.

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

As the only recognised National Sporting organisation for Taekwondo in Australia, Australian Taekwondo is a member of the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Paralympic Committee, the Oceania Taekwondo Union, the Commonwealth Taekwondo Union and the World Taekwondo Federation.  Plus we are associated with the Kukkiwon. 

This means that our members have access to international opportunities for competition, education, funding and participation.

New Zealand Open – 40 Gold, 25 Silver and 40 Bronze

Wow – what a haul! 

Congratulations to all of our Coaches and Athletes who competed at the recent New Zealand Open. 

There was great camaraderie shown between the clubs who attended, and a good mix of our experienced and up and coming Athletes.  Valuable G2 ranking points were on offer for our Black Belts, and valuable competition experience for the others. 

Australia won 43% of all medals on offer and 43% of all of the Gold medals on offer.

For a full list of all the results click HERE.

Selection Events Closing Soon!

Please be aware that entries for the following events will soon be closing:

  • The Selection Event for the Australian Cadet Team closes mid-night Monday 29 May 2017.
  • Expressions of Interest for the Australian Hanmadang Team closes mid-night Sunday 28 May 2017.

The packages, selection policies and entry registration can be accessed from the Australian Taekwondo Calendar

Funding – Governance Reform


To ensure Australian Taekwondo’s ongoing governance best practice, we have secured funding from the Australia Sports Commission to review the Constitution of the organisation and ensure that it remains a comtemporary document in terms of governance best practice, but also allows AT to deliver the best outcomes for our members

Get Involved


Get Involved – 89% of active kids have parents who are involved in sport.

Did you see this great news report from the ABC and the Australian Sports Commission? 

If you are involved in sport as a player/ official or volunteer then your kids are more likely to be active.

We have State Elections coming up, and we are also running Referee Courses, so why don't you get involved?

More information can be found HERE:

Australian World Championships Team

We are very excited with the Australian Team training hard and about to leave mid next month for the World Senior Taekwondo Championships which will be held from 24-30 June in Muju, Korea.

We wish the Team all the very best for a successful competition.

The Team members are:

Division Weight
Athlete Club
Female Under 46kg Juliet Contreras Impact Martial Arts
  Under 49kg Keshena Waterford Impact Martial Arts
  Under 53kg Kyah English Melbourne Taekwondo Centre
  Under 57kg Carmen Marton Melbourne Taekwondo Centre
  Under 62kg Mia Italiano Melbourne Taekwondo Centre
  Under 67kg Ruth Hock Adelaide Taekwondo Academy
  Under 73kg Emily Stellino Global Martial Arts
  Over 73kg Chelsea Hobday Tans Taekwondo
Male Under 54kg Bailey Lewis City West Taekwondo
  Under 58kg Safwan Khalil Global Martial Arts
  Under 63kg Damon Cavey Whiteway's Taekwondo
  Under 68kg Thomas Afoczenko Melbourne Taekwondo Centre
  Under 74kg Hayder Shkara Global Martial Arts
  Under 80kg Ghassan Moufarrej Olympic Taekwondo
  Under 87kg Daniel Safstrom Team Taekwondo
  Over 87kg Jaxon Simmonds Adelaide Taekwondo Academy
Staff Head of Team Hassan Iskandar  
  Team Manager John Gradisar  
  Team Manager Joelie Chisholm  
  Head Coach Danny Crkvencic  
  Coach Alf Dell'orso  
  Coach Frank De Pasquale  
  Coach Andrew Rozinszky  
  Physiotherapist Sara Guevara  
International Referees appointed by the WTF Jenny Crutchett  
    Ali Rihimi  
Delegate to WTF General Assembly Raff Di Renzo    


In The Community – Black Belt master keen to grow Taekwondo further


Credit to: (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)

Mr Bergan is a black belt taekwondo master, and has competed in competitions around the world.

"I used to be in the air force and I had an accident. I actually lost my memory," he said.

"[Taekwondo] was part of my rehabilitation — the cognitive behaviour of repetitive patterns. It actually brought me back, and I'm now a master.  I didn't stop, I just kept on going. It's a long journey, life journey, and you never stop learning."

Mr Bergan now runs his own academy to teach people the sport.
"It's expanding each year and now we're looking at having to move [the tournament eventually] to Newcastle because of the size of the tournament itself," he said  "It's a sport, they score points. It's not about trying to tear each other's limbs off.

"People that come to my club actually learn self-defence — that's their biggest thing. The younger generation, it [gives them] a lot of confidence because they're getting knocked down all the time. I look at any improvement for anybody I can give, because of what it's done for me"

"I can see a future for anybody else that comes along to do this sport. You just need to have a good attitude to keep on going for fitness, for mental stability. It's all about yourself and what your goals are. If they don't have that drive, they find it very difficult to keep on going with martial arts."

Taekwondo helping stave-off memory issues
David Kilroy, 65, has been involved in taekwondo for three years, after taking part in other martial arts during his life.

"Taekwondo is more equal because you don't hold each other," he said.

"It's more physical with fitness, and I get a great deal of satisfaction out of it, and also remembering the patterns at my age. We have dementia in my family, and I think it's going a long way to help combat dementia and keeps your brain active, and keeps you physically fit.

"For somebody who is good at sport, the journey's easy, but for somebody who's not, the journey's a little bit harder."

Adrian Hill took up the sport nine months ago after watching his son take part.

"I thought it was a lot of hard work, but it's really rewarding. I've gained a lot of fitness through it [and] confidence," he said. It's a good thing to do to come down and clear your mind of all the other things that you can leave at the door."

Mr Hill is competing in the Port Stephens championships — his first tournament. "I'd just like to do it well; feel proud of myself for what I've done," he said.

"It doesn't matter if I win a medal or not, it's just for myself really."

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