TOP OF THE SOUTH (2014) By Harrison Craythorne
Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo took part in the Top of the South tournament, at the Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on the 25th of October. We had a large team competing in both poomsae, sparring, and helping with refereeing and judging.
I was nervous because it was only my second tournament and my first time sparring. I was against lots of other competitors from grades 5-3 (blue tab - red tab). First I was doing poomsae.
I felt nervous as I walked up because I was performing in front of a large crowd of people, seven other competitors and the judge. Some of the earlier competitors looked really good, which made me worry a bit. As I was doing my poomsae, I made a mistake, which made me even more nervous. As I was walking up for the judging I felt like I had butterflies in my stomach. The judge awarded me a bronze medal, which I was really thrilled about.
Maddy and I were first up for the pairs poomsae. I felt more confident because I had done my individual poomsae and got a bronze and Maddy had got silver in her individual poomsae. While I was still a bit nervous but I was more relaxed because we had done a lot of practice as a pair and we didn’t make any major mistakes. Some of the other pairs looked really good but I still felt like we might get something. When we got the results, I felt a bit disappointed that we didn’t win anything.
Sparring was in the afternoon. I felt nervous as I got ready to fight; it was my first time sparring in a tournament. My first fight was hard, after round one it was 0-0, he was kicking low but hard and after round two it was 3-1. He was a really good fighter and I eventually lost 4-2. My second fight felt a lot better but my opponent kept doing back kicks and scoring two points per kick, so at the end of the first round it was 7-3 to him. Nic was my coach and told me to sidestep so I did and I found he was landing only one or two kicks instead of three or four. It was 13-6 after the second round. In the third round, I was getting tired so he raced ahead for a final score of 18-7. I really enjoyed this fight, even though I lost. I learnt a lot and next tournament maybe I could get a medal.
I had a great experience at this tournament with my brother Josh and my teammates and I recommend going to one if you haven’t been to one before. The club did great and I will definitely do this again next year.
Thank you to the instructors and everyone who supported the club.