Kicking with Precision at nationals
Spaniard’s Bay club earns 13 medals
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).
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.
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.