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HSTS INTER CLUB COMPETITION & SPONSORED PUNCH & KICK A THON
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ITF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CANADA 2012 FUND RAISER

HSTS INTER CLUB COMPETITION & SPONSORED PUNCH & KICK A THON 7th JULY 2012

HSTS Taekwon-Do saw a resurgence of indomitable spirit and perseverance throughout the interclub competition and sponsored Kick-and-Punch-athon fundraiser held on the 7th of July. Combined with the cash collected during the previous interclub competition in Letchworth in May, HSTS looks to have amassed a current total of just over 6000 once all the sponsorship money is collected. The money raised will go to help the safe arrival, accommodation and entrance fees of the UKITF squad of which three young competitors from our region are hoping to bring back gold medals from the ITF World Championships in Canada: Gemma O''''Connor, Tom Flavell-McNeilley and Sophie Donnelly.
 
Aside from monetary gain, the weekend was a great display of the camaraderie and friendships that have developed amongst this local sporting community. Whether volunteering to umpire, assisting friends with their patterns or finding the time to munch down a delicious burger from the (rain-sheltered) HSTS BBQ, the day was a refreshing glimpse into the relationships and experiences that may never have been, were it not for the students'''' reciprocated love for their club and its art.
 
The day saw many successes for its large alumni of students, with great opportunities to gain experience for first-time entrants from Little Dragons to Black belt seniors and to those who have not previously umpired many competitions. As always with the smaller, local events, the competitive pressure and combatant tension is immediately released as soon as a winner has been decided: both winner and loser share a handshake and hug, possessing enough humility to know that the next time may not end the same and, even if it does, they are grateful for the chance to take part.
 
Once the competition had reached its conclusion, the time came for what many of us had been waiting for: The 40,000 Kick-and-Punchathon. The 21 students (including two young cadets dividing 1000 between them) set themselves the goal of achieving this huge tally in three hours. Dividing into 5 groups of 4, the group surpassed all expectation, reaching the desired total of 40,000 in 1hour 3mins. Once the goal was achieved, everyone gathered for celebratory photos and cake.
 
To round the day off, 6 students donned body armour for a mini ''''HSTS WTF'''' competition, in order to gain and provide an insight into Olympic-style Taekwon-do. This proved an interesting and entertaining spectacle, as it saw competitors grasping with the alternative sparring fundamentals and tactics. Considering the students had all already competed in a full ITF-style competition and delivered their 2000 kicks/punches each, it was inspiring to witness such strong examples of perseverance, as they continued to employ steady and precise attacks and defensive moves against their opponents. 
 
I know I speak for many among us that day when I say that it was an honour to take part in such a humbling and inspiring event in the company of such great friends. The day simultaneously reminded us of the power of teamwork and cooperation, as well as the immeasurable determination of individuals.  
 
MARTIN DUNNE 1st degree

HSTS INTER CLUB COMP RESULTS LITTLE DRAGONS

WHITE/YELLOW/GREEN

1st FREDDIE CARTER

2nd JAMES MACHIN

3rd JOSHUA PAGETT  

LITTLE DRAGONS BLUE/RED

1st DECLAN BEEL

2nd FREDDIE CREE

3rd SONNY WESTON  

CADET YELLOW/GREEN BELT PATTERNS

1st JACOB FLEET

2nd DANIEL CRONIN

3rd FINLAY DAVIS-PLUMMER  

CADET BLUE/RED BELT PATTERNS

1st KETAN GAHIR

2nd VIKRAM SINGH LEHIL

3rd CAMERON HERBERT  

CADET BLACK BELT PATTERNS

1st ELLIOTT CALLAHAN

2nd LEE BROWN

3rd LEWIS LAVERY  

CADET YELLOW/GREEN BELT <130cm SPARRING

1st JACOB FLEET

2nd AGRIS JUSKEVICIUS

3rd ALEX MORRIS  

CADET YELLOW/GREEN BELT <150cm SPARRING

1st FINLAY DAVIS PLUMMER

2nd HENRY CROFT

3rd DANIEL CRONIN  

CADET BLUE/RED BELT <145cm SPARRING

1st EUAN SOUTHERN

2nd JOSHUA FULLER

3rd JADE OAKLEY        

CADET BLEU/RED <160cm SPARRING

1st EMILY FROST

2nd ALEX BURTON

3rd OLIVER GARSIDE  

CADET BLACK BELT <15cm SPARRING

1st LEE BROWN

2nd ELLIOTT CALLAHAN

3rd NIALL MISTRY  

CADET BLUE/RED/BLACK >160cm

1st LEWIS LAVERY

2nd KETAN GAHIR

3rd ISABELLE BAKER  

ADULT/SENIOR YELLOW/GREEN BELT PATTERNS

1st JANA SALKOVA

2nd KALVINDER WHITAKER

3rd LINA PORECHA  

ADULT/SENIOR FEMALE BLUE/RED/BLACK BELT PATTERNS

1st GEMMA OCONNOR

2nd JADE ADAMSON

3rd LISA OAKLEY  

JUNIOR/ADULT/SENIOR PATTERNS

1st PATRICK DION-FEHILY

2nd THOMAS FLAVELL-MCNELLIEY

3rd WILLIAM SOUTHERN  

ADULT/SENIOR FERMALE SPARRING

1st GEMMA OCONNOR

2nd LEANNE VATON

3rd LISA FROST  

JUNIOR/ADULT/SENIOR SPARRING

1st THOMAS FLAVELL-McNELLIEY

2nd MARTIN DUNNE

3rd PATRICK DION-FEHILY

Written by: Glenn Horan - 12th July 2012
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Robert Callahan : 14th July 2012, 13:01

Great write up and reminder of a fab day , well done to all !
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