Teenagers bring home medals for Che­sham

Young­sters show their tal­ent at an­nual tour­na­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Keith Whit­ley tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THERE were medals aplenty brought home by Che­sham Taek­wondo Club from the Bri­tish United Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion’s an­nual tour­na­ment.

A team of 21 took part , rang­ing from be­gin­ners in their first tour­na­ment to se­niors who had just gained their first black belts, and the day be­gan with the pre­sen­ta­tion of BUTF’s newly pro­moted black belts and dan grades.

Four of Che­sham’s stu­dents were called up – Max Whit­ley, 13, Jas­min Han­chant, 14, and Har­vey Stacey, 19 to re­ceive their black belts, and se­nior mem­ber Craig Chil­dress for his sec­ond dan.

The ac­tion then be­gan with the coloured belts’ pat­tern event, where 15-year-old George Han­chant, who has of­ten just missed out on medals in years gone by, won another gold to add to the one he landed in spar­ring at his last tour­na­ment, as well as a bronze in spar­ring.

Max Whit­ley won the ju­nior black belt pat­terns be­fore be­ing put in a spar­ring group mixed in with the di­vi­sion above, but still went on to take sil­ver. He then took part in a spe­cial power tech­nique, fly­ing side kicks over hur­dles to break a board, which he also won.

Har­vey Stacey and Luke Mit­ter­hu­ber won gold and bronze re­spec­tively in the se­nior pat­terns be­fore meet­ing in the mid­dle and light heavy­weight spar­ring fi­nal where, de­spite be­ing team-mates, they ex­changed heavy blows be­fore the decision went to Stacey for his speed and ac­cu­racy of at­tack.

It was a de­served vic­tory for Stacey, who in ear­lier rounds had dis­missed one op­po­nent with a sus­pected bro­ken nose and de­feated oth­ers with some spec­tac­u­lar kick and punch com­bi­na­tions, which had ev­ery­one watch­ing in awe.

He then went on to his power event, where he broke two boards with a jumping 360º spin­ning kick but was dis­qual­i­fied on a foot fault.

How­ever, he made up for that dis­ap­point­ment by land­ing a third gold in a spe­cial break­ing tech­nique, where he was the only one to break a board seven feet high.

Dave Shake­speare was also un­lucky not to win his hand tech­nique power event after break­ing two boards with a re­verse knife hand strike, but could not man­age a third.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the club should visit www.che­shamtkd. com or call 01494 778 764.

MEAN FEET: (Above) Che­sham Taek­wondo Club’s Har­vey Stacey and (above right) Max Whit­ley

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