Over the weekend of 13th, 14th and 15th April, ITF Taekwon-Do Tasmania Inc. (Southern ITF Taekwon-Do) hosted the 2012 Oceania Championships for the Oceania Taekwon-Do Federation. This event attracted over 200 people including 95 competitors from throughout Australia including Western Australia, Qld. N.S.W. Victoria and New Zealand and included45 black belts with one black belt competitor from Norway.
(The Iconic Hobart City Hall was the venue for the 2012 Oceanias)
The New Zealand crew of 25 competitors dominated the championships taking out the best overall male and female in junior and senior divisions and best overall Nation. In achieving these results it saw some terrific performances throughout the event particularly from Ms Kara Timmer from the Hwa Rang club and Mr Simon Davis from Tekaraka club (who both won two gold and two silver medals in individual events and Simon sharing the gold for the pre-arranged). Mr Shane black took out the best overall male with an impressive 3 gold medals winning all events he entered. Ms Alisa Parker won the best overall female with a gold, silver and bronze.
(Trent Hayden in patterns form) (Alisa Parker in medal form)
(The guys from NZ face the Aussies)
The Aussies however put in some creditable performances with Trent Haydn (Il Shim) following up on his performances in Europe recently winning his patterns division and gaining second place to Kane Baigent (PNTA) in the black beltsenior heavyweight sparringdivision with Rick Scholes taking the third place in a series of entertaining bouts. Young SamathaFaddoul (Jung Hwa) showed she still has what it takes, overcoming Gabrielle Anastasio (SITF) in her home town in a close but hard fought bout of the black belt junior middleweight female sparring. Tony Nguyen (Impact TKD)showed his excellent patterns skills in the 4th degree division by winning a closely run bout against Kris Herbison(Jungshin) with an excellent performance from Mr Brendan Doogan (dragon spirit) showing his exceptional power in his forms to win third place. Gabrielle Anastasio also took out silver in her 2nd degree patterns division against the gold medallist Kara Timmer in a nice display of patterns. David Walters continued the heritage of Junior male power held by Southern ITF Taekwon-do by winning the Gold in the division narrowly beating Simon Davis from NZ. Hosting the event gave the junior competitors from ITF Taekwon-do Tasmania (Southern ITF Taekwon-Do) a great opportunity to participate in a major regional event and they showed their capacity by winning a total of 9 gold, 17 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Full results can be seen at http://southernitf.com/eventsandnews_files/oceanias/results_list.htm
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The event was held at the iconic Hobart City Hall in Macquarie Stand the venue was well received by both competitors and spectators. The championships attracted substantial media attention from “The Mercury” newspaper in the way of two articles, WIN television, Southern Cross television and ABC radio with a live to air interview on the ABC sports review on Saturday at midday.In order to encourage visitors to arrive early, the umpiring director for ITF Taekwon-Do Australiaand organiser of the Oceanias, Mr Steve Weston organized a free umpiring course on Friday the 13th April that was well received. To provide visitors with the opportunity to experience local hospitality a dinner was organized at Cultura Café in Liverpool St. on Saturday evening with 60 people attending most of whom were either interstate or New Zealand visitors.This event was sponsored by Events Tasmania, Top Pro Australia, BUPA Australia and supported by Salt café.