Lai­d­ley pair ready to kick for gold again

Gatton Star - - SPORT -

TAEK­WONDO: Lai­d­ley Bai Rui Taek­won-do in­struc­tor Dar­ren Finch and his stu­dent Cather­ine Oven­dine are head­ing to the CHITF World Cham­pi­onships this week­end – and they’ve set their goals high for the tour­na­ment.

“I’m hop­ing to ei­ther place or take it out,” Finch said.

Oven­dine also had her eyes on the top prize, hop­ing to im­prove on the bronze medal she won pre­vi­ously.

“I am aim­ing for gold, but I’m happy if I place and if I don’t then I learn some­thing out of it,” Oven­dine said.

The lead up to the cham­pi­onships has been hard work for the pair, but Finch said the ex­tra ef­fort in train­ing would pay off when they went head-to-head with the world best fighters at the tour­na­ment.

“Both of us have been train­ing hard so we’re feel­ing re­ally good,” he said.

The duo were ap­proach­ing their train­ing lead­ing up to this week­end as if it were any other ses­sion and sim­ply push­ing them­selves a lit­tle bit fur­ther ev­ery time.

But they also have an ace up their sleeve.

Finch trav­elled to New Zealand in Jan­uary to learn from the world’s num­ber one com­peti­tor Carl Van Roon. He said the op­por­tu­nity to be coached by the 11-time world cham­pion over three in­tense days was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was awe­some – that’s the only way I can put it,” he said. “To have one-on-one time with that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence is some­thing you just can’t beat.”

He had in­cor­po­rated many of the skills he learnt from the ex­pe­ri­ence into his train­ing reg­i­ment and hoped they would pay div­i­dends for the pair at the up com­ing event.

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