Trenic Competitors bring home the Gold
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Trenic Competitors bring home the Gold
success at the UKITF Finals night we would like to congratulate the following
competitors for making the Elite Squad for the World Championships;
*Miss Prit Sidhu*
*Mr Reece Nicholls*
*Mr Jamie McAvoy*
We would also like to
congratulate fellow competitors for securing 1st/2nd seed
in the UK Team.
Mr Matthew Brunger
Miss Gurlaine Sidhu
Miss Jay Gilbert
Miss Gemma O''''Connor
Mr Aaron Mather
Mr Jason Morrison
Wow…. What an event to remember. With the best of the best
battling it out to earn a place in the UK Team and entrance music and light
shows creating an electric atmosphere, this event will definitely be one for
the history books!!!
Once all the prelim bouts had reached their conclusion, it
was down to business and up first representing Trenic TKD was Katie
Hetherington. Stepping in to help support the event, this was a great
opportunity to gain competition experience and stamp her authority on a division
she will be looking to dominate in the near future. Taking the fight to a draw,
Katie had to knuckle down and dig deep and as the final bell called Katie was
crowned UKITF Champion 2014.
Looking to follow in Katie’s footsteps was junior competitor
and newly promoted black belt Dolci Grove. Again steeping in as a replacement
fighter, Dolci stood before the current European champ Emily Oakes confident
and composed. Against this talented opposition it was important for Dolci to
stand her ground and stick to her game plan. At only 11yrs old Dolci secured a
unanimous decision win, setting her in good stead for the world Kup and a
promising competitive career.
It was then time for our boys to enter the ring and continue
the winning streak. Looking to compete in his first international event, Jason
Morrison was our first junior male to be called onto the ring. With fast
well-timed kicks and superior ring craft, Jason was able to see off his
opponent’s advances and win top spot on the podium.
The last junior representative from Trenic TKD was Aaron
Mather. Called up for patterns first Aaron was looking to start the event of on
a positive note and did so in spectacular fashion. With a strong win this will
only improve the young competitor’s confidence and we look forward to seeing
him compete soon on the world stage. Aaron was also fighting on the finals
night to secure himself a place in the team. Winning the European championships
last year Aaron has been eager to bite at the heels of the current world champ
and take the title. However standing in his way was a strong Jamie Martin who
fought the perfect fight, leaving Aaron to take the silver medal. Aaron
certainly has something to prove at the world championships!!
Onto our Adults and up first were the pattern divisions.
Competing in the ladies 3rd Degree Tul were Jay Gilbert, Gemma
O’Connor and Beth Martin. This very competitive division saw Gemma secure the
top spot with Jay falling just behind to take 3rd position. This was
the perfect confidence booster for Gemma and a much need wake up call for jay
as they both prepared for their sparring divisions to be called.
Up next in patterns were the fourth and fifth degree tul.
Already seeded, this was an opportunity for Matt Brunger, Laurie Cornwell,
Reece Nicholls and Prit Sidhu to relax and put on a crowd pleasing display of
tul work at its finest.
Back to business and the last competitors to perform
patterns was Jamie McAvoy in the 3rd degree division. Jamie
confidently secured first place, and going into the World Championships already
the current UKITF and European champ Jamie will definitely be one to watch in
As the last of the patterns were
called the competitors soon began padding up and preparing for sparring.
Up first were our ladies that looked the set the sparring of
with a bang. Unfortunately with Prit Sidhu narrowly missing out on the finals
it was down to jay Gilbert to carry the flag for the Ladies welter weight division.
Looking to set the pace Jay came out confident working strong hands.
Unfortunately Jay had to settle for second place leaving her even more
determined for the worlds!!!
Up next was Gurlaine Sidhu. Being the only competitor in
this weight class, T.A.G.B fighters were asked if they could help accommodate
the event. Known for their flexibly and fast paced kicks we all knew this would
be no easy challenge. From the bell Gurlaine looked to close the distance and
fire fast straight hands. In a close contested match Gurlaine took the decision
and secured her ticket to Rome.
Our last ladies to step into the ring were Gemma O’Connor
and Laurie Cornwell. Winning her individual sparring division with a crowd
pleasing performance, Gemma was asked to step down and fight fellow club member
Laurie Cornwell. Although the two competitors showed much respect for each
other, it was Laurie’s fierce hand and foot combinations which won her the
Up next to represent Trenic were our adult men….
4 Competitors, 4
Division, 4 New UKITF Champions for Trenic TKD. After weeks of hard
preparation is was exciting and humbling to watch all our adult males fighting
at the top of the game. In the Micro Weight category was Jamie McAvoy who wowed
the crowd with lighting quick kicks and powerful hand combinations. Against a
very experienced T.A.G.B Fighter this was a very good win for Jamie as he now
sets his sights for the world stage.
Up next was Lee Hollingsworth who again was matched against
a fighter from the T.A.G.B. As usual Lee’s leg speed was evident and after two
electric rounds Lee was able to work out his opponent and comfortably take the
The next competitor from the Trenic squad was Reece
Nicholls. After positive wins at both the English and British Championships Reece
was looking to continue his winning streak and claim his place as an elite
member of Team UK. As usual Reece’s relentless work rate and fast hands dazzled
his opponent and with that taking another win for this talented fighter.
The last fighter from Trenic TKD was Matt Brunger in the
Middle weight division. Against rival and current European title holder Gavin
Robinson, Matthew looked to prove a point leading up to the world
championships……and did so in spectacular fashion. Half way into the first round,
a well-timed and executed side kick left Gavin unfit to continue. A great start
to Matthew Rome 2014 campaign.
With all division finished and closing speeches made the
team was able to retire home and mentally prepare themselves for the mammoth
task ahead of them. As usual we would like to share our appreciation to both
the organising/umpire committees for running such a professional event and of
course to our Taekwon-do friends from T.A.G.B for their help and support in
this event. Lastly we would like to thank Master Nicholls and squad coach
Master Rauli for their teaching and support prior to the event.
Written by: Trenic TKD - 2nd June 2014
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