TAE KWON DO: Four golds for Spalding club at British Open

Medal haul: Torite TKD instructor John Burke with his team after the WKC British Open in Manchester.
Medal haul: Torite TKD instructor John Burke with his team after the WKC British Open in Manchester.
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TORITE TKD fighters had great preparation for representing England at the World Championship in Spain in November.

Seven members and new fighter Peter Waltham won a total of four gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the WKC British Open in Manchester. They were among about 500 competitors from far and wide.

Poomse got off first and with three of the Spalding club’s members down for this trip there was a lot of pressure on the team to do well. Hollie Burton and Charlotte Newson blew the competition away with two first-class performances in Traditional Poomse, taking gold and silver.

Next up were the boys with Matt Earth taking a well earned gold for Koryo and Ryan Hardy earning gold for his Traditional Bow Staff pattern.

Charlotte stepped up again in the weapons section, performing a Karma form for the first time, and overcame her nerves to win gold.

Adult Claire Hardy put in 100 per cent, only to be knocked into silver spot by a 2nd Dan black belt, a more experienced competitor.

Forms over, it was down to the fighters next and they were up against some big teams.

Hollie Burton is the club’s only female fighter to get into the national team for November so she wanted to see how she would perform against the rest. She was able to fight her way through to bronze, just losing out on the silver medal by two points.

Next up was new boy Peter, who turned out to be one to look out for in the future after blowing away the opposition to take bronze. He only just missed out on silver, being beaten by a much more experienced fighter.

Last up was 17-year-old Josh Peters, who had one of the biggest sessions of the day. He fought well, only to lose out on a bronze spot fight-off.

Everyone had a fantastic day and went home happy, looking forward to working hard to improve for the next competition in September.

Instructor John Burke said: “The team pulled off some fantastic performances and they all put in 100 per cent, working hard for the WKC Worlds in Spain in November.

“Our thanks go to Spalding Grammar School for their continued support and to the parents for getting the students to school at such an early hour.”