Grandmaster Howard’s students compete at the European Taekwon-Do Championships, Rimini, April 2019
Six members of our school represented Ireland at the 2019 European Taekwon-Do Championships, in Rimini, Italy. Well done to the following GM Howard students who competed so well for Ireland:
Ms Carla Kelly, Adam Hu, Mr Max Cleary, Mr Finn Howard, Mr Emmet O’Rourke, Mr Leon McSherry, Master Robert Howard (coach).
Special congratulations to Mr McSherry who took home silver in the Male 5th Degree patterns.
Team Ireland brought 11 competitors, 2 coaches and 2 international umpires to the European Taekwon-Do Championships in Rimini this month. The team which consisted of 8 juniors and 3 seniors were drawn from Taekwon-Do schools in Dublin, Tipperary and Galway. This was a relatively small squad compared to the European power houses of Russia (147 competitors), Ukraine (127) and Greece (125). However the team performed well and there was a clear improvement in Team Ireland’s standard. The incremental improvements were noticeable in both the patterns event and the sparring event.
Most of the team Ireland’s competitors got through at least one round in both patterns and sparring. The highlights were Mr Leon McSherry (Dublin) taking silver in the male 5th degree patterns event and Mr Alex Byrne (Dublin) winning a bronze in the junior male black belt -69kg sparring event. These performances gave Ireland a final ranking 17th out of 30 countries.
The team bonded well together and supported each other every day and the support from the parents made the coaches jobs easier and everyone was assigned jobs and monitored the rings and the timetable over events. This allowed the coaches to concentrate on preparing the competitors for their next match.
The improvements in the sparring event was as a result of the coaches bringing in former European and World Champion, Mr Konstantin Yurikov from Russia, as a consultant to our sparring development programme.
The next immediate goal is to prepare the team for the World Championships in Bulgaria in August 2019. The next phase of the development over the next 12 months is to continue the incremental improvement of the whole team and to target ‘A class’ tournaments to test the team’s improvements. The 2020 European Championships will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.
The coaches and team Ireland would like to thanks Hanley Energy for their support this year, without which this development and success would not be possible.