East Coast TKD win big at Euro­peans

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - TAEK­WONDO at Cork City

THE 2019 ITF Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and Euro­pean Kup (July 23-28) are done and dusted. It was a fan­tas­tic week and it turned out to be a mas­sively suc­cess­ful one for Team East Coast TKD and Team Ire­land.

East Coast had six Black Belts com­pet­ing in the Euros in­clud­ing two of their head in­struc­tors, New­town’s Chris McCabe and James Whe­lan. Out of our six they man­aged to bring home a whop­ping 20 cham­pi­onship medals, five of them gold!

The venue for the cham­pi­onships was the Nep­tune Bas­ket­ball Arena in Cork.

On Tues­day the team had to weigh in for the com­pe­ti­tion. From Wed­nes­day un­til Fri­day it was the team com­pe­ti­tions. Satur­day was a rest day as the group took in the sights of Cork City.

On Sun­day it was the turn of the colour belts to strut their stuff, and East Coast TKD had 17 competitor­s out on the floor and they man­aged to bring home 31 medals, in­clud­ing 10 gold!

Here’s a list of our East Coast New­town­moun­tkennedy competitor­s and their achieve­ments at the re­cent Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships:

James Whe­lan (sixth de­gree black belt): Gold in team pat­terns, sil­ver in team spar­ring, sil­ver in team power, in­di­vid­ual sil­ver in spar­ring (heavy­weight) and bronze medal in the in­di­vid­ual power.

Adam Whe­lan (first de­gree black belt un­der 14 years, mi­cro-weight): Bronze medals in both spar­ring and pat­terns.

Jamielee Davies (third de­gree black belt, fe­male adult light­weight): Gold in fe­male team pat­terns, sil­ver in fe­male team spar­ring and bronze in In­di­vid­ual fe­male spar­ring.

Em­met Carey (first de­gree black belt, un­der 18 years, mi­cro-weight): Sil­ver medal in both team pat­terns and team power.

Rachel Egan (black tip un­der 16 years fe­male mid­dleweight): Gold medal in both pat­terns and spar­ring.

Layla Whe­lan (blue belt un­der 12 years, fe­male mid­dleweight): Gold medal in spar­ring and bronze in pat­terns.

AJ Doyle (yel­low belt, un­der-10 years, male heavy­weight): Gold medal in pat­terns and sil­ver in spar­ring.

Arthur Brun­ton (green belt, un­der 7 years, male mid­dleweight): Gold medals in both pat­terns and spar­ring.

Yash Varad­hara­jan (green belt, un­der 10 years, male mid­dleweight): Bronze medal in both pat­terns and spar­ring.

Chris McCabe (sixth de­gree black belt, adult male mid­dleweight): Gold medals in team pat­terns and MW spar­ring, sil­ver medals in in­di­vid­ual pat­terns, team power and team spar­ring. This was Chris’s fourth Euro­pean ti­tle.

Jess Bass (third de­gree black belt, fe­male mi­cro-weight): Gold medal in team pat­terns, sil­ver medals in both team spar­ring and in­di­vid­ual spar­ring.

‘All in all, that is a fan­tas­tic medal haul. The club and the New­town area are un­be­liev­ably

proud of ev­ery­one who stepped on to the mats in the week and win or lose ev­ery competitor

left it all on the floor. We must give a spe­cial men­tion to our head coach Michael Whe­lan who de­spite be­ing in a spot of pain on a con­stant ba­sis with his knee was al­ways out on the floor and in all our cor­ners sup­port­ing us all,’ said a club spokesper­son.

‘Many thanks to the other head coaches who dou­bled up as sup­port­ers whilst they also com­peted to be at ev­ery­one’s side through­out com­pe­ti­tion, namely Chris McCabe, James Whe­lan, Jes­sica Bass and Jamielee Davies.

‘Many thanks to Tae-Kwon-Do Al­liance and the ITF Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee and the very hard

work­ing um­pires who again put on a fan­tas­tic event and ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to the next com­pe­ti­tion al­ready,’ they added.

The Ire­land team that took part in the 2019 ITF Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Cork.

The East Coast TKD mem­bers of the Ir­ish team.

James and Adam Whe­lan.

New­town’s Chris McCabe.

Layla Whe­lan and James Whe­lan.

Rachel Egan wins the gold.

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