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Martial Arts\GTUK British Championships\2012\GTUK British Individual Championships 27th October
Keep calm and kick to the head! 14 Competitors! 19 Medals!
Beccles and Bungay Taekwon-do clubs unite at the GTUK British Championships at Ryton in Coventry, on 27th Oct 2012.
An early start for many of the 14 competitors and encouraging supporters from Beccles and Bungay on Saturday morning, an 8.30 a.m registration meant tiredness and nerves, however, adrenaline soon kicked in for the Pee-wees (12 years and under) and the Juniors (13–16 years old) as they were called up to perform their patterns and sparring.
Up first was Adam Fuller winning a silver medal for sparring after undergoing many well fought bouts, older brother Lewis Fuller won a well deserved gold medal for patterns and silver for sparring. Jacob Burden won a silver medal for patterns and his younger brother Benjamin Burden won a bronze medal in sparring.
Junior Callum Read won a gold medal in sparring, and Saskia Baylis won double bronze for patterns and sparring, whilst Jake Swanson marginally missed out on medals yet fought just as hard.
Next up were black belt juniors Jenna Akerman won a bronze medal for patterns and silver for sparring with twin sister Sophie Akerman winning a bronze medal in sparring. Kal Bedingfield just missing out on the medal positions against some stiff competition.
Black belt adults were Lianne Hatcher who won a much deserved silver medal in sparring and Logan Bedingfield who won a well fought gold medal for sparring.
Next up were veteran black belts Susie and Nidge Bedingfield, Susie winning a gold medal in patterns and Nidge winning silver in patterns and bronze in sparring.
All competitors fought with amazing ability and triumphant courage as the nerves and reality of the competition sunk in.
Once all individual competitions were completed, the special team event for black belt England Squad members commenced, made up of teams of 3 competitors.
Members from Bungay participated in this event, all displaying the true spirit of Taekwon-do.
Jenna Akerman took the gold trophy with her team winning, her sister, Sophie’s team won the silver.
Kal Bedingfield also took home a well-deserved bronze trophy.
All team members fought well showing great Taekwon-do ability.
Report by Sophie Akerman
New members are always welcome to join in at either Bungay or Beccles for fun, fitness and fighting.
Clinton Gillett 01986 892140 for the Bungay Club,
Susie or Nidge Bedingfield 01986 895204 for the Beccles Club.