Stress re­lief turns to se­ri­ous sport

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

AF­TER a long shift at Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal, emer­gency depart­ment reg­is­trar An­thony Lim re­lieves stress with taek­wondo.

“While some doc­tors run marathons or climb moun­tains to help deal with what we en­counter day-to-day at the hos­pi­tal, I have taek­wondo,” Lim said.

The black belt, who trains at the Univer­sity of WA Clare­mont cam­pus gym, re­cently re­turned from the In­ter­na­tional Taek­won-Do Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) World Cham­pi­onships in Italy.

“Our WA team is used to a com­pe­ti­tion of about 100 to 150, and the world champs were more than 10 times that,” Lim said.

“There were a lot of fresh faces on our team who had never com­peted at that level be­fore.

“Imag­ine 2000 peo­ple packed into this tiny lo­cal tourist vil­lage Jesolo, it was amaz­ing.”

Lim said the next big chal­lenge was the Taek­won-Do Perth Cup State Cham­pi­onships on Au­gust 22 and 23.

“Last week I got back from a train­ing course at the Gold Coast with about 150 black belts from Aus­tralia and New Zealand, which was great be­cause the Gold Coast is host­ing the next ITF World Cup in 2018,” he said.

“I am a lit­tle ner­vous for the state cham­pi­onships be­cause the ex­pec­ta­tion is much higher than be­fore.

“No mat­ter who you are, you get some­thing out of taek­wondo. It is not just a com­bat sport; it is about learn­ing good man­ners and avoid­ing con­flict as well as build­ing fit­ness.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d441147

An­thony Lim finds taek­wondo to be a great stress-re­liever.

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