Callander and Falkirk Taekwondo club had a great end to 2018 with our youngsters winning multiple medals at the 36th annual British Taekwondo Championships held in Glasgow by the TTA. Our competitors achieved 4 Golds 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals.

Aaron Connelly had a gruelling final bout to win the junior male sparring event; he is a young man with great potential to excel in Taekwondo. The junior female sparring event went to Alex Tweedie who had 2 tough fights to win Gold. She beat fellow club member Emily Aitkenhead who achieved Bronze for her first sparring event. Emily also just missed out on a medal for the patterns event.

Eva Morrison won Gold in the female cadet event. This is her 4th consecutive Gold in competition – each year she gets stronger and stronger at these events. Brothers Jacob and Rhys Clark had close fights, just losing by a few points; they received a Bronze and Silver medal respectively for their effort. Rhys has great potential for future success in competitions and has a great relaxed attitude to his Taekwondo challenges.

Matthew Johnston had a few tough fights winning his final in the last 5 seconds of the bout with an accurate axe kick to win by 1 point. Toni Kent competed in sparring and patterns winning Silver and Bronze respectively.

Another end of the year bonus for our club was 2 new Junior Black Belts, Alex Tweedie and Samarjit Santhosh, as well as 2 new Junior 2nd Dan Black Belts, Aaron Connelly and Fred Murray.

Our club trains 4 days a week in Callander and Falkirk, all new students are welcome to come along and give Taekwondo a try. Contact Duncan Irvine 07713 193841 or email duncirvine@gmail.com. Come and join us in our 2019 challenges!