Mixed Results at 2nd Bluewave open Poomsae competition.
On Sunday the 3rd of June, Dorset Taekwondo Association attended the 2nd Bluewave open Poomsae competition in Basingstoke with a 17 strong team including coaches, students and judges! While Marina and Paul were busy with their judging duties, the rest of us warmed up and practiced our Poomsae.
With Master Naraine and Master Smedley not making it to the finals in their division, they were able to concentrate on the rest of the team and their turns to take to the mats. It was very much a mixed bag of emotions and results, and while some won medals, others weren’t so fortunate.
Aidan Palmer won double gold in the U17 freestyle, and freestyle pairs with his younger sister, Hannah in her first freestyle event. Jemma Naraine didn’t medal in the freestyle, although she performed a great routine, but was happy when she won gold in her individual division. Maddie, Lillie, Diego, and Stephen & Gen in the pairs, all won medals. Every member of the DTA team, whether they won a medal or not, showed great spirit and tried their hardest under very hot conditions. You all performed well, and made us coaches proud.
All in all we came away with 3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronze medals. We also 8th place team out of 34 teams.
We have learned a lot form the competition, and have identified areas to improve upon for next time.