Cadoxton Schools of Tae Kwon Do students retain world titles!
9:00am Monday 10th September 2012 in Sport
FIVE students from the Cadoxton Schools of Tae Kwon Do have successfully retained world titles - and added a few new honours - at a special three-day tournament.
Combining forces with students of several other martial arts styles, the local representatives forged a formidable Welsh presence at the WOMAA World Martial Games XIII at the Telford International Centre. Representing all corners of the Principality, the Welsh squad joined students from 11 other countries - America, Germany, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Hungary and hosts England.
All the students represented their countries with pride and sportsmanship, with the grand finals being a marvellous spectacle; everyone who attended the finals had a great time and witnessed some first-class competition from world-class competitors.
The five students from the Cadoxton school - Thomas Haysham, Keita Enfield, Morgan Harrhy, Jamie Halford and Morganne Gomez Jones - came home with a total of nine world titles and 20 medals - nine gold, nine silver and two bronze - from point and continuous sparring, traditional forms, traditional weapons and team events.
The local world champions are: * Thomas Haysham in point sparring and traditional weapons; also second (traditional forms).
* Morganne Gomez Jones in traditional forms and girls' team point sparring; also second (individual points sparring and girls' team continuous sparring) and third (individual continuous sparring).
* Morgan Harrhy in continuous sparring and boys' team continuous sparring; also second (team point sparring, individual point sparring and traditional weapons) and third (individual traditional forms).
* Jamie Halford (men's point sparring; also second (adult team point sparring).
* Keita Enfield in ladies' point sparring and continuous sparring; also second (traditional forms and adult team point sparring). Keita also fought her way into the final of the 'Champion of Champions' event but, unfortunately, her opponent could not compete because of a knee injury. As a result, Keita took the 'Grand Champion' title, a plaque and a cheque for £150.
Club instructor Master Ron Thomas was extremely pleased with the competitors, coaches and club supporters for their help and fundraising running up to the Games and over a very strenuous weekend. "We are now looking forward to next year's Games in Dublin," he said.
For further information about the club and training times, telephone 01446 406372 or 07811934079.