Chesham’s up for the Kup at top tournament
Nine gold medals won by youngsters at British contest
CHESHAM Taekwondo Club won a superb nine gold medals at the British United Taekwondo Federation tournament in Hatfield.
Max Whitley will take the plaudits after achieving gold in both of his events and winning the junior coloured belt award for the third year running, but there were sterling performances throughout the team.
Harvey Stacey had his own double triumph, winning two golds in the 1st Kup, while Ian Evans and Cal Hamilton also achieved a gold medal apiece in their maiden tournaments.
Sam Rix, George Hanchant and Craig Childress picked up Chesham’s other golds in the 5th Kup (junior), 2nd Kup (junior) and 2nd Dan respectively.
Among the silver medals were Luke Mitterhuber, Wayne Mahoney, Martin Ritter and beginner Taylor Hall, who was outstanding as he picked up two silvers in both of his 9th Kup (junior) events.
Joe Rix, Nathan Pascall, Charlie Treanor, Jordan Heywood and Dave Shakespeare all performed admirably to earn bronzes and boost Chesham’s final medal tally at last week’s event to 19.
Most impressive of all, however, was Whitley. Just a day after his golden performance in the 1st Kup (junior) at Hatfield, the 12-year-old from Chesham entered another tournament, winning a hat-trick of events at the UKTA London Open in Guildford.
Whitley took the top prizes in patterns, sparring and a special technique event of performing a flying side-kick over two hurdles to hit a target. Combined with his double gold in a Global Taekwondo International tournament in Cheltenham earlier this month, Whitley has now won seven golds in two weekends.
Earlier this year, Whitley’s continued success and hard-work was rewarded through funding by the GLL Sports Council to assist with training and tournament costs.
Anyone who wants to join can get more information by visiting the club website at www.cheshamtkd. com.
HIGH-KICKING: (Above) Chesham Taekwondo Club show off their trophies; (above right) action from the tournament