Over the weekend of April 22, 2023, the 3rd Global Open Taekwondo Championships took place in Caroline Springs, Victoria, Australia, featuring a range of ITF and WT/Kukkiwon events. The tournament was organised by Master Michael Muleta and drew almost 300 competitors from 40 schools across the Oceania and Asia regions, including Australia, New Zealand, India, and Nepal. The event included team and individual sparring, patterns/forms, self-defense demos, and a Patterns/Poomsae category for Para/Special Needs competitors.
Five athletes participated in the tournament, with four representing Tam's Taekwondo Mudokwan (TTM) and the fifth a guest from Germany (Emilian Boettger). The athletes gave an impressive display with Elaine Li winning two gold medals in 2nd dan patterns and sparring. Emilian Boettger took home a gold medal in patterns and a silver in sparring, while Grace Wee obtained a silver in 2nd Dan patterns and Paul Zhang, a silver medal in men’s senior sparring. Kevin Quach won two gold medals in 3rd dan patterns and sparring and also received Overall Male Champion. Elaine, Kevin, and Emilian also performed in team patterns and won gold, showcasing Eui-am tul. In the junior division, Mayah Yeung won a silver medal in patterns and a gold medal in sparring.
The 3rd Global Open Taekwondo Championships brought together athletes from different countries, and the effort and dedication put in by each competitor was evident. The Para/Special Needs category was particularly impressive, and the tournament was a successful event that showcased skilled athletes from around the world competing in different categories.
Results summarised below:
• Grace Wee – Silver in 2nd dan patterns
• Elaine Li – Gold in 2nd dan patterns, sparring and team patterns.
• Emilian Boettger – Gold in patterns and team patterns, silver in sparring
• Paul Zhang – Silver in sparring
• Kevin Quach – Gold in 3rd dan patterns, sparring and team patterns. Overall male champion.
• Mayah Yeung – Silver in 1st dan patterns and gold in sparring
In total: 9 gold, 4 silvers
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