In­struc­tors master el­e­va­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

DECADES of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion have paid off for five North Queens­land taek­wondo in­struc­tors, with the group all earn­ing the pres­ti­gious hon­our of be­ing named a master in­struc­tor.

The ap­point­ments of ex­pe­ri­enced Townsville in­struc­tors Re­nee Nightin­gale and Michael Ivanov, Bur­dekin pair An­thony Cardillo and Shane Bonato and Mackay’s Shyne Fry were made at a gala pre­sen­ta­tion ball at the home of South Pa­cific Taek­wondo in Townsville last week.

A record crowd of more than 200 were on deck at the pre­sen­ta­tion ball at the HQ Dojo in Gar­butt last Fri­day night, with Grand Master John Ivanov a guest of hon­our on the night.

It was a night they will all re­mem­ber fondly for the rest of their lives and new master in­struc­tor Nightin­gale said it was a great re­ward for decades of hard work and com­mit­ment.

“We have been eval­u­ated for the last two or three years as we strived for the of­fi­cial sta­tus of master in­struc­tor and we have all been in­volved for 24 years or more,” she said.

The group were eval­u­ated on their abil­ity to grade stu­dents, how they have grown and pro­moted the art of taek­wondo and the dis­ci­pline’s five ten­ants of in­tegrity, in­domitable spirit, self- con­trol, per­se­ver­ance and cour­tesy.

The hon­our was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for Nightin­gale and Ivanov as it saw them fol­low in the foot­steps of their late men­tor Shirley Do­bie.

“Shirley was the first stu­dent to re­ceive an hon­ourary Mas­ters belt and she was the in­struc­tor for the HQ Dojo which both Michael and I trained un­der,” Nightin­gale said.

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