Kick­ing with Pre­ci­sion at na­tion­als

Spa­niard’s Bay club earns 13 medals

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

There are some pos­i­tive things go­ing on a Pre­ci­sion Tae Kwon Doe Academy in Spa­niard’s Bay.

If you don’t be­lieve that, you only have to look at the club’s medal to­tals from Cana­dian Na­tional Tae Kwon Do Cham­pi­onships ear­lier this month in Mon­treal.

Each of the 13 mar­tial artists pro­duced a medal, which is im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing for most it was their first time com­pet­ing away from this province. The com­bined medal to­tal was five gold, seven sil­ver and a lone bronze for the tae kwon do stu­dents, who range in age from 10years-old to 15.

“I ex­pected them to go up and do their best,” said head coach Scott Bartlett. “They were pretty ex­cited to com­pete.”

At that age, there is al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity fight­ers will not get a match. Although a pair of com­peti­tors may be the same age, their body type will dif­fer. This can make it dif­fi­cult to line up com­peti­tors based on weight class.

If a com­peti­tor shows up to a com­pe­ti­tion and there is no one there in their weight class, chances are they won’t be com­pet­ing. This means all of the train­ing would have been for naught.

Many of the Pre­ci­sion mar­tial artists were pre­par­ing for this mo­ment since Septem­ber of last year.

Bartlett said it was touch and go for some of his fight­ers, but it all is well that ends well, as they say, and they each found a match.

“It was a lit­tle bit iffy, but ev­ery­one got a match,” he said.

They were the only New­found­land and Labrador club at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. Three of the fight­ers brought with them their ex­pe­ri­ence as black belts.

Aside from that, Bartlett was im­pressed with the re­sults.

“For some of them, they had never been on a plane,” he said.

The ath­letes who com­peted are: Cas­san­dra Pot­ter (gold), Daniel Smith (gold), Rees Bar­rett (gold), Aaron An­tle (sil­ver), Isaac Crane (gold), Lu­cas Brazil (sil­ver), Hay­ley Piercey (sil­ver), Alyssa Bartlett (gold), Bay­den Bar­rett (sil­ver), Ju­lia Crane (bronze), Sierra Brad­bury (sil­ver), Devon Fitzger­ald (sil­ver) and Car­ley Crane (sil­ver).

New school

Pre­ci­sion has only been train­ing young ath­letes for the bet­ter part of three years. Bartlett said the academy teaches all as­pects of tae kwon do, which is a mar­tial art that puts a heavy em­pha­sis on leg strikes and in­cor­po­rates less hand move­ments.

For a fairly new school, it is im­pres­sive to see their ath­letes com­pet­ing at such a high level.

“It is a good in­di­ca­tor that we have some good kids here who are will­ing to train hard,” said Bartlett.

Fur­ther to that, a pair of coaches took part in a Do­jang coach work­shop, which al­lows them to teach at the na­tional level.

Look­ing at the team pic­ture, the 13 ath­letes find it hard to wipe the smiles from their faces as they proudly dis­play their medals.

“They all fared very well and they were all very proud,” said Bartlett.

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The Pre­ci­sion Tae Kwon Do Academy in Spa­niard’s Bay put on quite a show at the Cana­dian Tae Kwon Do Cham­pi­onshps held in Mon­treal late last month. The club sent 13 com­peti­tors to the event and came home with 13 medals. They are: front (l-r) — Bay­den Bar­rett, Ju­lia Crane, Sierra Brad­bury, Devon Fitzger­ald and Car­ley Crane; mid­dle — Aaron An­tle, Isaac Crane, Lu­cas Brazil, Hay­ley Piercey and Alyssa Bartlett; back — Cas­san­dra Pot­ter, Daniel Smith, coach Paul Smith, head coach Scott Bartlett and Rees Bar­rett.

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