For the first time in our history, this years Scottish Championships were held over two days, on 25th & 26th February 2017. Twenty Six (26) schools, from four (4) countries (Scotland, England, Ireland & Wales) participated in this years national championships with a total of 439 competitors; all vying for the title of Scottish Champion 2017 in their respective categories.
This year we also had another “first” with online entry and draw, courtesy of Mr. Mikhail Vorontsov and www.handlesport.com all competitors were registered online, and could also view their category draw, and a full schedule of their events in advance of the competition.
The competition preparations began on Friday evening, with almost 40% of the competitors choosing to weigh-in & register in advance. This allowed for a smooth running of the registration process over the three days.
The first day of competition was opened official by ITF Scotland president Master David McNairn VII Degree. With Saturday’s competition dedicated to Juniors, Seniors and Advanced Seniors, there were 154 competitors, and on Sunday 286 Under 13s lined up for their events. Over both days, the competitive level was extremely high, with many hard fought bouts, and well-deserved medals won.
Our umpire team was led by Master Gordon Wallace VIII Degree, ITF Scotland Umpire Chairman, with 41 umpires Saturday, and 59 umpires on Sunday, all of whom worked tirelessly over the course of each day, many of them working over both days. All of whom without their hard-work and dedication, we would not have had such a successful championships. As a token of appreciation each referee received a medal of thanks as their respective rings closed on the Sunday afternoon.
The overall results were as follows;
Overall 7 years & under Male: Jaxon Martin (MWBA) 3 Gold
Overall 7 years & under Female: Maddison Croall (Nairn) 3 Gold
Overall 8 to 10 years Male: Gavin Shaw (Boydell TKD) 3 Gold
Overall 8 to 10 years Female: Tied
Overall 11 to 13 years Male: Alexander Bradwell (TAE) 2 Gold, 1 Silver
Overall 11 to 13 years Female: Tied
Overall 14 to 17 years Male: Tied
Overall 14 to 17 years Female: Caitlin Hughes (Tollcross) 2 Gold, 1 Silver
Overall 18 to 35 years Male: Scott Fraser (Howden) 3 Gold, 1 Silver
Overall 18 to 35 years Female: Theresa Clarke (Tollcross) 3 Gold
Overall 36 years & over Male: Tied
Overall 36 years & over Female: Tied
Overall Club Champions 2017:
1st Place: Master Wallace Blackbelt Academy
2nd Place: Boydell Taekwon-Do
3rd Place: GMAC Martial Arts
Overall Group Champions 2017:
Northern Taekwon-Do Academies
Photo’s courtesy of Photography by Jason Kimmings. These can be downloaded for a limited time free via this link