Honiton Tae Kwon Do net superb medal haul

PUBLISHED: 16:29 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 24 April 2018

The Honiton Tae Kwon Do students who were so successful at the TAGB South West Championships and the TAGB English Championship: Back row (left to right) Oli Buss, Emily Down, Lauren Anderson, Lisa Down, Antonio Fruscella. Front row (left to right) Amelia Wadsworth, Jess Branch, Olivia Vincent, Roxy Spiller and Penelope Anning

The Honiton Tae Kwon Do students who were so successful at the TAGB South West Championships and the TAGB English Championship: Back row (left to right) Oli Buss, Emily Down, Lauren Anderson, Lisa Down, Antonio Fruscella. Front row (left to right) Amelia Wadsworth, Jess Branch, Olivia Vincent, Roxy Spiller and Penelope Anning

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Students from Honiton Tae Kwon Do attended the TAGB South West Championships and the TAGB English Championships, bagging an impressive 12 trophies from the two events.

At the South West Championships, Ben Snaith continued his medal success by winning gold in both the boys’ blue and red belt heavyweight sparring whilst he also became South West champion.

Roxy Spiller won gold in the girls’ blue belt patterns and was also crowned South West champion to her growing list of titles.

Roxy also obtained silver in her sparring division, narrowly missing out on becoming a double champion!

Olivia Vincent, competing in her first tournament, won gold in the girls’ yellow belt patterns and this represents an impressive achievement.

Oli Buss gained silver in the men’s red belt patterns, whilst Lisa Down won bronze in the ladies’ yellow and green belt middleweight sparring. Lisa had a tough draw, her opponent being four grades higher.

Other local competitors taking part were Amelia Wadsworth, Antonio Fruscella, Emily Down, Jessica Branch and Penelope Anning.

Honiton Tae Kwon Do was placed a creditable sixth out of 21 schools from across the South West of England.

At the English National Championships, held in Worcester, Olivia Vincent won gold and was also crowned English champion – this being quite an achievement given she was appearing in only her second competition.

With well over 40 competitors in her division this was no mean feat.

Roxy Spiller maintained her winning ways by placing third in the girls’ blue belt patterns and she also landed gold in the girls’ blue belt lightweight tag team sparring.

Amelia Wadsworth, Jessica Branch and Olivia Wadsworth entered the team patterns category – this a new event at the championships – which is judged on synchronisation and overall performance of a pattern of the team’s choice.

The girls named their team ‘Kirby’s Angels’ after their instructor Tracy Kirby, a third degree black belt.

After all their hard practice, the team wowed the judges and won the category to become English Champions.

Honiton TAGB Tae Kwon Do is at its busiest time with preparations underway for upcoming black belt gradings, coloured belt gradings and another competition in Wales well as the World Championships in July.

For information about joining Honiton Tae Kwon Do, call 07824 777216 or email honitontkd@gmail.com

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