The ITF Scotland National team have just returned from the 32nd Senior & 23rd Junior European Taekwon-Do Championships 2017, held on the 20–23 April 2017 in “Arena Armeec Sofia“ Multifunctional Sports Hall, Sofia city, Bulgaria
The competition was conducted in compliance with the AETF competition rules and the participants competed in the individual and team disciplines of Pattern, Sparring, Special Techniques & Power Test.
The competition was open to Black Belt holders for competitors aged 14 years and above.
The team travelled with 35 competitors, 12 coaches, 3 umpires and 19 supporters. Arriving at their hotel for a successful weigh in on the Wednesday morning they then went on to some light pre competition training.
With an opening ceremony on the Thursday morning, the competitors and spectators were treated to some contemporary and traditional dance and music, taking them through the Bulgarian culture, followed by the commencement of the event and the patterns category.
The National team all performed well, scooping up ten medals in total; (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 6 Bronze). This is testimony to the hard work of the coaches and team, improving on last years’ performance, moving up from 11th in the over-all rankings to 8th.
Following the event, the team had a day to relax before returning home, and took in some of the sights the city of Sofia had to offer.
Junior Female Team Pattern (Elle Trinder, Dannielle. Gallagher, Alex Marshall, Catriona McRoberts & Erin Logan)
Michael McRoberts: Senior Male 1st Degree Pattern
Gilles Brown: Senior Male -85kg Sparring
Katrina Carr: Senior Female -50kg Sparring
Senior Female Team Power (Stephanie Willis, Katrina Carr, Sarah Curtis, Megan Brown)
Senior Male Team Pattern (Jason Munro, Iain O’Hare, Stewart Mellon, Michael McRoberts, Kieran Cain)
Catriona McRoberts: Junior Female 1st Degree Pattern
Emma Fraser: Junior Female Power
Michael McRoberts: Senior Male -63kg Sparring
Iain O’Hare: Senior Male -70kg Sparring
All Scottish Draws/Results can be found here.
Photo’s courtesy of Mr. Craik. Link can be found here to all his pictures.