THE Invercargill Sejong Taekwondo club has once again enjoyed exceptional results at the Taekwondo Union New Zealand national championships in Porirua, Wellington.
Club president Brock Monaghan-Neutze said the team of 24 fighters returned home with a swag of medals — 19 gold, 11 silver and four bronze.
“All our youth and juniors performed really well and we are all extremely proud of them all, especially with eight of them winning gold and having more than several fights to get there,” he said.
“Our good success comes down to all the hard work the team puts in leading up to this event and all the hard work put in by all our coaches week in, week out.”
The event, hosted by Capital City Taekwondo, Wellington, two weeks ago, attracted 300 competitors from throughout New Zealand and international fighters from Fiji.
Monaghan-Neutze said all the Invercargill club’s fighters stepped up their performances from previous competitions.
However, there were several standouts, including Ryan Colvin (13), who won three gold medals fighting in two divisions in cadet and junior black belt divisions.
Other standouts were Ben Oosterbroek (15), who won two gold medals and one silver fighting in three divisions in junior and senior black belt divisions; Cameron Shaw (15) who won two golds and one bronze fighting in black belt junior and senior divisions; and Lucas Colvin (15), who won one gold and one silver in junior and senior black belt divisions, he said.