British Championships 2014 – Bewdley and Hagley
Over 1600 competitors gathered at Worcester Arena last Sunday to take part in the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain’s largest annual event, The British Championships. Competitors travelled from all corners of the UK and a select team from the Netherlands were also in attendance.
From the local branch of the TAGB, Bewdley and Hagley taekwondo club, over 30 students bravely entered this tough event in Patterns, Individual Sparring, team sparring and Destruction. The standard was extremely high on the day, but 13 medals were won by our very own local heroes.
Star family of the day were the Orme’s, Dad Shane and his children Blaiz and Paris, who all competed in both individual and team events and took home 6 of the 12 medals won on the day! Blaiz, 9, took two bronze medals, Paris, 14, earned a bronze and a gold in the individuals and teams respectively, and their father did them very proud, winning gold in the executive men’s division(over 40 years old) and then joined with fellow taekwondo dads, Callum Swift and Neil Meredith to claim 3 more bronze medals in the men’s team event.
Neil Meredith also claimed another Gold trophy for his individual sparring event, even after just missing his weight and having to move up a division last minute.
Rosie Ashmore won a gold medal in the team sparring event.
New comer and local mother Laura Whittall only joined Taekwondo in September after seeing our demo team at a summer fete. In front of her young boys, inspiring them to be active, she won her first gold medal in the individual sparring then joined forces with training partner Amelia Swift to bring in the last 2 Bronze medals for our team.
Congratulations also to our brave competitors who missed out on medals but still made the team very proud; Mark Allen, George Chance, Jessica Chance, Dylan Kirk, Ella Kirk, Shaun Mayall, Georgia Swift, Olivia Tonks, Paul Tonks, Thomas Maund, Balbir, Taron and Aaron Atkar, Josh Barritt, Millie Clough, Sam Holland, Arti Shar, Darcey Small, Alex, Rhianna and Anushka Sobainski, Sofia Wheal, and Vijay and Ravi Patel.