Strik­ing gold with duo a big hit on world stage

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

TOWNSVILLE taek­wondo stars Nigel Paul and Krysti Ros­malenBrink­ley have re­turned from the Uni­fied In­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion world cham­pi­onships cov­ered in gold.

The pair won gold in in­di­vid­ual and team events, with Paul win­ning a gold in the vet­eran men’s fourth- tosixth dan black belt pat­terns, and Ros­malen- Brink­ley tak­ing out the open ladies black belt sec­ond dan in­di­vid­ual pat­terns.

They went on to win in the power break­ing, spe­cial tech­nique and pat­terns team events, earn­ing Townsville a to­tal of eight gold medals.

Ros­malen- Brink­ley, 21, made her in­ter­na­tional de­but at the re­cently held world cham­pi­onships, while Paul re­ceived a late call- up to cap­tain Aus­tralia against 30 coun­tries in a tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing 570 com­peti­tors.

Aus­tralia’s pre­vi­ous team cap­tain with­drew just prior to the Lon­don­based cham­pi­onships.

“I didn’t re­ally ex­pect too much suc­cess this time be­cause I hadn’t been train­ing as much as I had pre­vi­ously,” said Paul, who has won gold at past world cham­pi­onships.

“But I’ve been train­ing with Krysti and just help­ing with prepa­ra­tions, so that came in handy. Krysti did ex­cep­tion­ally well and she had to get past about 15 com­peti­tors to get her gold, whereas I had about five, so she had a great tour­na­ment.”

Ros­malen- Brink­ley won her in­di­vid­ual gold by con­sis­tently over­com­ing her op­po­nents by per­form­ing the most dif­fi­cult sec­ond dan pat­terns – “juche” – with pre­ci­sion and poise.

She has since re­turned to North Queens­land and gone on place­ment for her med­i­cal stud­ies.

“Krysti was a bit ner­vous at the start and it could have been won or lost there, but she found her mark and never looked back,” Paul said.

The Au­then­tic taek­wondo ath­letes will need to make space in their club’s tro­phy cab­i­net, which fea­tures 11 gold medals from the 2013 UTIF cham­pi­onships. Their suc­cess comes af­ter club­mate Maria Patane won gold and sil­ver at the re­cent Open World ITF ti­tles in Ri­mini, Italy.

DOU­BLE ACT: Nigel Paul and Krysti Ros­malen- Brink­ley af­ter win­ning gold.

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