Taek­won-do four do well at world cham­pi­onships

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

AN Ark­low teenager was among those be­ing hon­oured last week as the Wex­ford Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Taek­won-Do Fed­er­a­tion held a cel­e­bra­tion night to mark the achieve­ments of four of its mem­bers at the World Cham­pi­onships in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina.

The four fight­ers, who range in age from 15 up to 27 years, en­joyed medal suc­cess at the com­pe­ti­tion, which took place in Au­gust, wel­com­ing over 800 com­peti­tors from more than 32 coun­tries. All four com­peti­tors have nu­mer­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional medals to their name al­ready. Team Ire­land had 30 com­peti­tors from around the coun­try tak­ing part.

The four Wex­ford club mem­bers were Oisin Byrne, Mark Henebery, Neil Gor­don, and Jana Galin­ski, all of whom trained un­der in­struc­tor and coach, Mas­ter Michael Fla­herty, who was a gold, sil­ver and bronze medal­ist at the Euro­pean Games in Naples in 2011 and a sil­ver medal­ist at the World Cham­pi­onships in Brighton in 2016.

Oisin (16), is from Ark­low but does his train­ing in Wex­ford. He won a I de­gree bronze medal in the ju­nior team spar­ring.

Neil (16), a stu­dent in St Peter’s Col­lege, also took home a I de­gree bronze medal for ju­nior team spar­ring.

Mark (15), also a stu­dent at St Peter’s Col­lege, won a II de­gree bronze medal in the Un­der 18 in­di­vid­ual pat­terns, as well as a bronze medal in the ju­nior team spar­ring.

Jana Galin­ski (27) from Cross­abeg, a taek­won-do in­struc­tor in Wex­ford and En­nis­cor­thy with over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, won a V de­gree sil­ver medal in adult fe­male in­di­vid­ual pat­terns.

Neil Gor­don, Michael Henebery, Michael Fla­herty (coach), Jana Galin­ski and Oisin Byrne cel­e­brat­ing their World Cham­pi­onships suc­cess at a get-to­gether in Wex­ford’s Leisure­max.

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