This newsletter is coming to you later than usual as I have just got back from Christchurch (where the National Championships were held this weekend)! From Warrior, we had Anton Keay-Davies and Steve Milne (pictured above) competing as part of the 34 strong Auckland North regional team and 5 staff traveling down as officials or supporters.
Mr Keay-Davies and Mr Milne both won silver medals in their respective patterns divisions on the first day of competition. The International Taekwon-Do (ITKD) Awards Dinner followed in the evening, where the annual awards from our national governing organisation were presented.
Our own Mr Steve Milne was up for the Gup Student of the Year Award and we are thrilled to announce that he won! A very well-deserved nomination and win.
One of the other awards presented each year is the President's Award for Outstanding Contribution, whom only the President of ITKD can nominate and award and therefore the winner is not printed in the awards shortlist prior to the event or notified of their win. We are very proud that this year's winner is our own Master Paul McPhail. In ITKD President Master Evan Davidson's speech before the award winner was announced, he specifically made reference to Master McPhail's contribution and spearheading of the development of what is now called the High Performance Programme, which has seen New Zealand shoot to the top of the world and command respect on the world stage, as well as to his contributions as part of the Technical Committee of ITF (our international governing organisation, of which ITKD is a part).
The final day of competition saw mostly sparring and team events and finished with the presenting of the tournament awards. Our neighbouring region Counties Manukau did extremely well placing 1st, with our own region coming in 4th out of the 6 regions. Massive thanks and congratulations to the South Island region for putting on a great event.
There are a few photos from Nationals you can see here.
As previously communicated, today marks the first day on our reduced holiday period timetable. You can view the timetable here.
If you are interested in grading at our next gup grading (August) but are unable to make classes during the holidays, make sure you keep training at home. We will also be posting some "holiday TKD workouts" on our Facebook page during the holidays so you have some ideas to help you practice. Here's the link to our first workout post.
Guardian Angel Course - This Sunday
The Guardian Angel Course is a unique and innovative programme by Protect that aims to inform and empower young people, while avoiding the classic pitfall of so many child-safety courses: instilling fear into young minds. There are just 6 of 30 places left, so if you are keen for your child to attend make sure you register here ASAP.