Martial arts youngsters battle to tournament medals
12:43pm Thursday 17th July 2014 in Sport
THE Cadoxton Schools of Taekwondo took a small contingent of new and experienced competitors to Pontypool Leisure Centre for the International Combat Organisation Battle of Wales.
Organised by Rob Taylor, the event started with traditional forms and, in the girls' division, Maddison Allen took gold. In the boys' category, Cadoxton enjoyed a clean sweep through Cody Jacobsen, Cian Allen and Ethan Andrus in first, second and third places respectively.
In the point and continuous sparring sections, there was a third spot ( under 120cm) for Maddison Allen who, not content with that display, stepped up to the u125cmcategory and took another third spot. Not to be outdone by his little sister, Cian, who was competing in the advanced boys' under 150cm point sparring, fought his way into the final before having to settle for silver.
Competing in the advanced boys' under 140cm category, Cody Jacobsen, the smallest in his group, fought well in both his point and continuous sparring although not picking up a top placing.
Competing for only the second time were Ethan Andrus and Cameron Evans, who both lost out in the intermediate boys' u140cm point sparring. Going on to compete in the boys' u140cm continuous sparring, Cameron gave a good account of himself before being outclassed by more experienced competitors.
*In last week's report on club successes at the Global Tae Kwon Do Open National Championships in Cheltenham, the exploits of Lucy Newman were inadvertently omitted. Taking part in the girls' light heavyweight division, Lucy competed well against bigger and older opponents to emerge with silver and bronze medals in continuous sparring and point sparring respectively.