Students from Stoke Gifford TKD travelled to The Windsor Marriot Hotel to participate in a packed Taekwon-do training event led by Grand Master Nicholls 9th Degree President of UK ITF. The training started with a vigorous warm up & then followed with demanding plyometric exercises all under the instruction of Grand Master Nicholls. After a short break we were treated to some varied & inspiring demonstrations by the Masters. We then had the choice to participate in a selection of different workshops to include, sparring, patterns, self defence & pad drills, once again headed up by Masters. Grand Master Nicholls completed the session in his usual inspirational style by giving a very wise talk on courtesy within Taekwon-do & life.
Students were then pleased to retire to their hotel rooms to relax & prepare for the UK ITF awards evening.
With over 180 sitting down to the black tie dinner, the atmosphere was mixed with excitement & anticipation. As Students, Instructors, Masters, Friends & Family enjoyed the three course meal we were treated to a live band which created a relaxing ambience.
After dinner Master Rauli Chair of the UK ITF development committee started the presentation part of the evening by establishing the evenings line up & introducing UK ITF President Grand Master Nicholls. After Master Nicholls introductory speech the UK ITF Regions presented their awards to students from their area. Stoke Gifford TKD were very proud to have two members of the club presented with Regional Awards. Laura Robertshaw was presented with a UK ITF Bristol Contribution to TKD award & Esme McCarthy was given a UK ITF Bristol Competitor of the year award. Next was the Service Awards & Stoke Gifford TKD had two members presented with these unique awards;
Mr Lear 10+ years service
Mr Baker-Attwood 10+ years service
Mrs Robertshaw UK ITF Bristol Contribution to TKD award
Miss McCarthy UK ITF Bristol Competitor of the year
The programme then moved onto the pinnacle of the evening where the National awards were presented. Stoke Gifford TKD had nominees in two categories, Contribution to TKD & competitor of the year. Alison May narrowly missed out on UK title & was awarded a runners up award, but Emily Oakes was elated to be presented with the UK National Award for competitor of the year.
Ms May National Contribution to TKD runner up award
Miss Oakes National Competitor of the Year award winner
Mr Gav Sidhu concluded the evening by giving thanks to all for making the evening so special. It was then left for everyone to enjoy their evening with some great TKD friends.
Stoke Gifford TKD would like to thank all that worked so hard to put the training day & awards evening together. Special thanks to Miss Nicholls & Grand Master Nicholls.
Thanks to Laura Robertshaw for taking some fabulous photo’s of the awards & dinner. All the photos she took can be found on the Stoke Gifford TKD Photo gallery site.
Here’s to next year!