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On Saturday 17th March SGTKD students and family joined those from Thornbury TKD, Swindon Imperial TKD, Paignton & Torquay TKD and Cardiff Martial Arts to travel up to Motherwell to attend the UKITF Scottish Championships.

The long coach journey was made easier by several stops en route and by Mr Churchward kindly buying a couple of films for us to watch when we stopped at the first services! The weather was good to us and we got some great views of the changing scenery as we headed north.

After a seven hour trip we arrived at the hotel and having eaten a very welcome meal in the restaurant most of us settled down for a relatively early night. The hotel staff kindly opened for breakfast at 7.30am the following morning to accommodate our early departure to the competition, and so we left with full stomachs and ready for the day ahead.

The Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility was superb, with an abundance of space and seating and excellent lighting. Virtually everything had been set up in the hall by the time we arrived at 9am and there was a hive of activity around the rings and top tables. With a great atmosphere from all the competitors and supporters the Championship started "full steam ahead"!

The first podium positions for Stoke Gifford were obtained by Kieran, Ollie, Ben and Joe who managed a clean sweep of medals in the 1st Degree Cadet Patterns. Soon Billy, Esme, Connie, Dominik, Laura, Jenny, Irek and Phoebe followed by gaining gold in their pattern categories with Callum, Lucie, Sarah, Chloe and Rae-Ann also acheiving podium positions.

The day continued as it had started and it wasn''t long before excellent sparring performances from all concerned added to the medal tally. Billy, Ben, Joe, Esme, Connie, Dominik, Sarah and Jenny all acheived golds, Callum, Lucie, Ollie and Irek gained silvers and Kieran, Chloe and Phoebe gained bronzes. Ollie added a gold in special technique and before we knew it the day was over and the coach was packed with tired competitors and supporters ready for the long journey home.

The organisation of the day was excellent and our thanks go to our hosts, the Tournament Committee, the "top tables" and all those umpires and referees who worked flat out to keep the day running so smoothly.

"The Giff" had a really successful championships with all those who competed returning to Bristol with a medal or two. We are now looking forward to the South West Open Championships and a visit to another lovely part of the country.

Results :-

Ben Baker-Attwood ~ Gold Sparring, Bronze Patterns

Sarah Baker-Attwood ~ Gold Sparring, Silver Patterns

Chloe Baker-Attwood ~ Bronze Sparring, Bronze Patterns

Jenny Brown ~ Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns

Laura Robertshaw ~ Gold Patterns

Billy Smith ~ Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns

Irek Kruk ~ Silver Sparring, Gold Patterns

Dominik Kruk ~ Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns

Joseph Elson ~ Gold Sparring, Bronze Patterns

Kieran McDermott ~ Bronze Sparring, Silver Patterns

Callum Brown ~ Silver Sparring, Silver Patterns

Esme McCarthy ~ Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns

Lucie Robertshaw ~ Silver Sparring, Silver Patterns

Ollie Robertshaw ~ Silver Sparring, Gold Patterns, Gold Special Technique

Connie McDermott ~ Gold Sparring, Gold Patterns

Phoebe Grandfield ~ Bronze Sparring, Gold Patterns

Rae-Ann Elson ~ Silver Patterns

Written by: SGTKD - 31st March 2012
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Peter R Scott ( UK ITF) : 13th April 2012, 18:19

Thanks for coming to Scotland and for sharing the photos
Christopher Devine : 2nd April 2012, 12:24

Glad you enjoyed the competition - well done for getting all those medals. Thanks for making the trip and showing your support once again :)
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