Medal haul for South Canterbury clubs
A team of 11 students from Timaru Taekwondo Club and Waihi School Taekwondo impressed at the New Zealand Taekwondo Union National Club Championships in Rolleston.
The team returned home with three titles and a raft of medals, including some of the first-time competitors.
Coach Stephen Kirkcaldie said displays of courage, determination, perseverance and an indomitable spirit were reflected in the medals won by the local competitors.
"The competition was fierce and intense, and to bring home three gold, three silver and five bronze was a good result at this level, especially when four of the team were competing in their first tournament," he said.
Kirkcaldie said the team members had reason to feel proud of their performances and the experience should prove to be a good confidence boost.
Elliot Foster impressed, winning two golds, while Joshua Messer claimed one. Sisters Kim and Cassie Kirkcaldie were on the podium twice with a silver and a bronze. Bronze medals also went the way of Andrew Kirkcaldie, Brendon Latimer, Angus Harper, Harry O'Neill and Edward Ritchie.
Bradley Messer, Monty Batchelor, Latimer and Foster were attending their first tournament.
- The Timaru Herald