East Coast TKD win big at Europeans
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.