Stillorgan Team Clean Up at Taekwon-Do Nationals

A team representing the Stillorgan School of ITF Taekwon-Do competed in the National Championships in Cork at the weekend.   A total of 10 Stillorgan students participated and succeeded in bringing home 10 awards, including 7 first places.

 Stephen O'Donnell and Rowan Brennan took first place in the Power and Patterns divisions respectively.  John Byrne battled hard to win second place in the junior sparring event while David Lanigan secured second place in the Patterns event. An impressive performance from John Paul Shortt saw him take first place in the hand and foot Power sections and third place in the Patterns event.  However it was their Instructor, Floyd Keane, 4th Degree Black Belt, who stole the show winning first place in the Black Belt Patterns, Sparring and Power events.

 Instructors Floyd Keane and Fiona Lyng, 2nd and 4th Degree Black Belts respectively were delighted with their students' performance in this, the first event of the tournament circuit this year.  The success is particularly significant as the Cork event was the first tournament many of the students had entered.  The results augur well for the future and they are looking forward to repeated success in the rest of the year's events, and the members are now in training for the next tournament which will be held in Wexford in April.

 Taekwon-Do classes are held in St Laurence's Community Centre, Lr Kilmacud Rd on Tuesdays from 7 8p.m. and Saturdays from 11 2p.m.  For more information on Taekwon-Do classes, phone Fiona Lyng on 8686220.

(March 2000)

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