TAEKWONDO SPORT FOR ALL

"It is a way of life for me. It brings the best out of me, keeps me focused, fit and strong... I love the rewards from Taekwondo such as self discipline, motivation and the community of friends I have met through the sport both here in Australia and throughout the world ..." - Steven Currie (Australia), Champion of 2010 WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships.

  

Taekwondo - Sport for All

  

"It is a way of life for me.  It brings the best out of me, keeps me focused, fit and strong... I love the rewards from Taekwondo such as self discipline, motivation and the community of friends I have met through the sport both here in Australia and throughout the world ..."   - Steven Currie (Australia), Champion of 2010 WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships.  

Para-taekwondo
Men -58kg Final - 2nd WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships.

Taekwondo is one of the most widely practiced sports in the world, having millions of practitioners around the world. The power and practice of taekwondo is bound by no limits: not by age, gender, race, religion, nationality nor physicality, granting the sport a title - sport for all.

 

To promote the universality of the sport the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has spurred the efforts in two major areas: promoting para-taekwondo and boosting popularity of the sport among the senior people.   

  

Para-Taekwondo Championships pave the way for taekwondo being a truly universal sport

  

The WTF organized the World Para-Taekwondo Championships; the inaugural edition was held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2009 and the 2nd edition was hosted in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2010. The third edition will be held in Aruba, in November 2012.

 

This year the first European Para-Taekwondo Championships was held in Moscow, Russia on September 26th. To encourage more athletes to participate in the tournament, the Russian Taekwondo Federation, organizer of the European Para Championships, generously financed most of the expenses including flights and accommodations for more than 60 participants - athletes, coaches and doctors - from 8 countries.

 

Over the years the number of participants in the Para-Taekwondo events and the level of competition have been remarkably improved, proving that taekwondo is a sport that can be enjoyed, regardless of physical disability.    

 

Steve Curre photo
Steven Currie, Australia 

This edition of the WTF Newsletter has the pleasure to introduce Mr. Steven Currie, a 32 year-old Australian who won the bronze medal at the 2009 and the gold at the 2010 WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships.

 

After an awful motorbike accident which occurred when he was 26 years old, his left arm was completely paralyzed. Instead of being overwhelmed or frustrated by the accident and the consequences, he made a list of all the things that he wanted to experience in his life.  On top of that list was to earn his black belt as he was due to grade for it next.

(click here to read full story !)  

 

Steve talked about his motivation and goal as a taekwondo athlete and also how much he enjoys his life. Click here to see an entire interview with him.

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