The 31st Senior & 22nd Junior European Taekwon-Do Championships 2016 was held in Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre, Tampere, Finland; from April 28 – May 1, 2016. In total, 495 competitors from 28 countries participated in the championships.
From Scotland 22 participants competed across all events.
Megan Brown – 1st Degree
Rachel Morning – 2nd Degree
Stephanie Willis – 3rd Degree
Gilles Brown – 2nd Degree
Alexander Gray – 3rd Degree
David Gray – 2nd Degree
Michael McRoberts – 1st Degree
Iain O’Hare – 2nd Degree
Jodie Boydell – 1st Degree
Amber Campbell – 1st Degree
Katrina Carr – 2nd Degree
Dannielle Gallacher – 1st Degree
Alex Marshall – 1st Degree
Kloe McKay – 1st Degree
Catriona McRoberts – 1st Degree
Chiara Mullen – 1st Degree
Rico Campins – 1st Degree
James Craik – 1st Degree
Jay Jervis – 1st Degree
Stewart Mellon – 2nd Degree
Rhys Muirhead – 1st Degree
Matthew O’Hare – 1st Degree
Coaches & Management
Master Jamie Campins – 7th Degree – Team Director / Coach
Mr. John McIlvaney – 6th Degree – Team Manager / Coach
Mr. Robin Blair – 6th Degree – National Coach
Mr. Mark Boydell – 5th Degree – National Coach
Master Mark Hutton – 7th Degree
Mr. Heath Denholm – 6th Degree
Master Gordon Wallace – 8th Degree
Master Alexander Dunbar – 7th Degree
Mr. Ronnie Dewhurst – 4th Degree
The team departed Edinburgh on Tuesday morning, travelling to Tampere, via Stockholm, Arriving in Tampere in the evening, meant once the team had checked in to their rooms, there was just enough time for some dinner, and a short team meeting before heading off to bed after a long days travelling.
Wednesday saw the team weigh-in early in the morning, with all competitors making their respective weights. In the afternoon we headed off to training, in an underground Nuclear Bunker of all places. The matted area was ideal giving everyone plenty of space to practise their disciplines. With focus on the team patterns and individual patterns as these events would be contested on the first day of competition. Days two & three being sparring, special technique and power events. And Sunday being team events with the exception of Team Pattern.
Throughout the four day event all the national team members performed well, showing great sportsmanship, camaraderie and unity. As always our competitors performed to the best of their ability. Good performance’s all round.
A special mention also to Miss Katrina Carr becoming 4 times European Champion in the Junior Sparring, in her last competition before moving into the senior category.
Overall Scotland took home 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 6 Bronze medals coming 11th in the overall country placings.
GOLD – Katrina Carr (Junior Individual Sparring – 50kg)
SILVER – Junior Female Power Team (Katrina Carr, Alex Marshall, Kloe McKay)
BRONZE – Junior Female Pattern Team (Katrina Carr, Alex Marshall, Jodie Boydell, Dannielle Gallagher & Catriona McRoberts)
Katrina Carr (Junior Female 2nd Degree Pattern)
Dannielle Gallagher (Junior Female 1st Degree Pattern)
David Gray (Senior Male Sparring -85kg)
Michael McRoberts (Senior Male 1st Degree Pattern)
Michael McRoberts (Senior Male Sparring -63kg)
Report compiled by Master Campins – Team Director
A full report of the event can be viewed on the AETF web site