At the Christmas Party – pictured above. the following awards were presented.
Rising Stars of 2014
CONNOR TOMKINS & HARRY WESTALL
Connor has the best attendance of all students in 2014 – this is reflected in the fact he has obtained a distinction in nearly all of his grading tests.
Harry was nominated as it is notable the outstanding effort he put into every class.
Fighter of the Year
ABIGAIL GARDNER & LAILA ARBANE
(Abi & Laila pictured with Sarah Stevenson – GB Olympic Bronze medallist)
For the first time in its 12 year history this shield / trophy was awarded to two people. This is because both Abi and Laila medalled at the National Championships this year in Manchester.
Abi and Laila also were awarded trophies in the Christchurch Council Annual Awards Ceremony this December. The awards were given to them in a special award ceremony by the mayor of Christchurch.
This is what Abi had to say about the Council awards:-
On Friday 28th of November, Laila and I went along to the east end bowls club, to the Christchurch sports award, which we were nominated for as we competed in the national championships held in Manchester in September this year. There were other students representing their sports too, from sailing to other martial arts like judo, and various awards were given out throughout the evening. Laila and I both received bronze awards which we were delighted to collect from the mayor of Christchurch. Overall we had an amazing time and would like to thank everyone who has helped us to achieve everything we have this year, including all of the other members of Dorset Taekwondo, our parents, Master Naraine and our coach Marcin Tata.
Student of the Year 2014
Alex, who has been an instructor with DTA for many years has proved indispensable this year. He has managed the Dorset Taekwondo Tigers demonstration team. They have had another successful year with spectacular demonstrations to large crowds at the Fit Christchurch Festival and the Bournemouth Fireworks. All this whilst finishing University and getting a 1st class honours degree and buying a house!