INSTRUCTOR Cassie Oury said she was extremely proud of her young students’ efforts at the 2015 British Tae Kwon-Do Championships which featured around 1,300 competitors.
3rd Degree Instructor Cassie said the five could all take huge positives from their performances at their biggest tournament of the year, which took place at Derby Arena on Sunday.
On this occasion medal success eluded all five but Cassie believes the quintet have taken vital experience from the competition which will hold them in good stead in the future.
“It would have been nice for us to bring home a medal or two of course but nobody is downbeat at the fact we didn’t,” said Cassie, who runs her Children’s School of Tae Kwon-Do incorporating Warwick, Leamington and Wellesbourne.
“Everyone really enjoyed competing at such a top level and they all went away smiling and saying what a great time they’d had.
“Jordan Gardner just missed out on a medal by a few points and a few of our lads had extremely tough draws. It really was a high standard of competition.”
Eight-year-olds Jordan from Wellesbourne and Gabriel Butler-Clarke from Warwick were in action in the green belt boys’ pee wee division in both sparring and patterns events.
They were joined by club-mates and brothers Joseph and Fraser Norton – aged eight and six respectively – who competed in patterns competitions in the green belt boys’ pee wee and green belt boys’ tiny tots categories respectively.
Completing the club’s line-up was Napton’s Jamie Simpson, 16, in the cadets heavyweight division.
Both Jordan and Gabriel won two fights each before both suffered narrow defeats to end their challenge for medals, with Jordan just failing to earn a medal in the patterns division which featured more than 30 competitors.
Fraser received an extremely tough draw which led to his exit and Joseph was also up against a talented opponent who ended his hopes.
It was a similar feeling for Jamie who was pitted against a Dutch opponent who, after edging out Jamie, went on to win the cadet black belt boys’ division.
Cassie said: “Jamie’s contest was worthy of a final and he has already beaten the lads who finished second and third, so that was frustrating, but Jamie is keen to make sure he comes out on top the next time he meet this opponent and he can learn a lot from this.”
Next up for the lads is the Midlands Championships at the end of January and English and Scottish women’s black belt champion Cassie, who herself is hoping to return to action in the near future following injury, said the event was eagerly awaited.
Cassie, the 2013 British champion, added: “I am really hopeful we can win medals at the Midlands and, as a club, we then have the English, Welsh, Scottish and World Championships to look forward to next year, so it’s very exciting.”