Top award for Mr Gillett – Active Waveney Sports Awards 2015


Active Waveney Sports Awards 2015

Long Service Award – Clinton Gillett (martial arts)

Eight trophies were presented at the 18th annual Active Waveney Sports Awards held at Rookery Park Golf Club, in Carlton Colville and Clinton Gillett was delighted to be amongst those receiving an award.

Leading sportsmen and sportswomen, clubs and volunteers were all singled out at the event, organised by Waveney District Council and supported by Sentinel Leisure Trust, the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, Waveney Sportsability and The Journal.

Giving the opening speech, Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley said: “Once again this was another difficult year for the judging panel, with a number of very worthy entries.  “Congratulations to all of our winners this evening. It’s important not to forget the huge numbers of coaches, teachers and parents who make successes like these possible.”

The presentation of awards was made by Lowestoft Rising change manager Phil Aves, with the trophies handed out by Mr Ardley and fellow judges Michael Ladd, Waveney district councillor, John Pawsey, from the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, and Waveney Sportsability chairman Rachel Baylis.

The winners will all be automatically entered into the Suffolk Sport Awards later this year.  Mr Aves said: “I just think when we hear about the talent we have got here in Waveney, and the success that these winners are having, it is amazing.  “The awards have shown appreciation for these successes, highlighting how they have done a great job in these sports.


Long Service Award – Clinton Gillett (martial arts)

Clinton’s passion for sporting activity started as a result of his Perthes Disease, which meant that from the age of four until he was about eight he could not walk and was in callipers, plaster casts and a wheelchair.

Despite this start, he achieved his first black belt in Karate aged 16 and won several national trophies, also representing his school in rugby, football, badminton and cricket. 

He won a silver medal in the 2000 World Taekwondo Championships held in Italy and continues to participate as a veteran recently winning Gold and Bronze at the UITF British Open.  

He has just gained his 5th Degree and to date has brought up 31 black belts, 2 of which now run Beccles Taekwondo Club. 

Clinton has been training and competing for 31 years alongside running a hugely successful community club at Bungay High School for the last 12 years.

Clinton took along Liam and Christian Everett to do a demonstration at the presentation which organisers and spectators said was the best they have had in the 18 years of the awards, it was great to see that press coverage in all the local papers focused on photos of the display which included; patterns, destruction, sparring and self-defence.

Beccles Taekwondo in the community!

It’s been a busy week:

BOB dressed for the occasion as usual! Beccles Taekwon-do Club

Monday: Big group of students turn out at Beccles Taekwondo Club session in the evening, with new people having a come and try session.

Ringsfield‬ Primary School

Tuesday morning: equipment at the ready, before what was two fantastic introductory sessions of Taekwondo‬ at Ringsfield‬ Primary School. Nice to see some of our existing students too, looking well proud in their doboks :)

Beccles Free School taekwondo lessons
Beccles‬ Free School

Wednesday afternoon: Last of our Taekwondo enrichment sessions at Beccles‬ Free School for this year, and we look forward to seeing some of the students at our Beccles Taekwondo‬ Club to continue their training on a Monday or Thursday evening, very soon 😉

Brampton ‬Primary School

Thursday Morning: Another day another taster session… This time we were at Brampton Primary School, and two more fantastic introductory sessions of Taekwondo delivered to over 50 children.

red red-to-black-tag

Thursday Evening: and we are back at the Beccles Taekwondo Club sessions again, and not only with more new members coming to have a go, but we now have a sea of red and black tag belted students to teach…great feeling.

GTUK Beccles Taekwondo‬






Beccles Taekwondo Grading Success June 2015

Beccles Taekwondo Grading Success

Beccles and Bungay Taekwon-do Students took part in their 2nd Grading of the year at Bungay High School on Sunday 14th June.

All students were graded on their individual belt syllabuses, which included patterns, techniques, step sparring, self defence, sparring, destruction, and a test of their knowledge in both English and Korean.

GTUK Examiner Mr Steve King VI degree was very pleased with the progress of all students, and said that the standards were very high, he congratulated them on their 100% pass rate, with many being mums and dads successfully grading alongside their children, and noted that  “it was fantastic to see so many new members signing up to ‘have a go’ at this martial art”.

Also a special well done to the students from the Beccles Free School enrichment scheme who gained their first belts!

This is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn the 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the October grading, it takes 4 years to learn the full syllabus and become a 1st Degree Black Belt student.

If you would like to come and have a go the first session is always free, see our web sites for more details:

Mr and Mrs Bedingfield II Degree Instructors

Mr Clinton Gillett V Degree Instructor

UITF British Open Medallists

UITF British medallists 2015

Well done to all the  GTUK‬ East competitors for taking part in last weekends UITF British Open, and especially to BecclesTaekwondo’s Jason Drake on his 2 silver medals!

Jason Drake silver medals for patterns and sparring

British Open Taekwondo Success.

Twenty competitors from Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo clubs travelled to the heart of England in order to compete in this year’s British Open Taekwondo championships at the weekend and despite huge categories and some very heavy contact they came away with a stunning 21 medals!

Gordon Perkis and Kerry Norfolk achieved fantastic double gold medals for sparring and patterns whilst Amanda Linford achieved gold for patterns and silver for sparring, Lucy Thurbon fought superbly for her gold in sparring and bronze in patterns.

Jason Drake (from Beccles Club), and Jade Howgate achieved double silver medals in their divisions.

Tegan Brown performed superbly in order to be awarded silver for sparring and bronze for patterns, whilst Amber Swanston, Liam Everett and Jacob Burden fought really hard for their bronze medals. Colby Aldrich was really unlucky to come 4th in his category after many rounds of hard competition.

The event culminated in Club instructor Clinton Gillett, fighting assistant instructor Martin Sloan in the final of the Veteran middle weight Black belt male sparring with Clinton winning on points.

Martin therefore gained silver for sparring and bronze for patterns with Clinton getting the gold for sparring and a bronze for patterns in the international category.

Thomas Adams, Jake Swanston, Bailey Aldrich, Christian Everett, Jayden Howgate, Ben Burden and Harry Norfolk were fabulous competitors but missed out on the medals in this instance.

The clubs are gearing up for the summer grading in June but there is still an opportunity to get started in this dynamic sport and details can be found on the clubs websites.