Two local teens from Mackie Academy, Julie Whyte, who trains at Master Wallace Blackbelt Academies, Aberdeen and Katrina Carr of Stonehaven Taekwon-Do travelled to Maribor, Slovenia as part of the Scotland team competing in the ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) European Championships from April 19-22.
Julie and Katrina were part of the Junior Girls Scotland Team consisting of five members which entered the Team Patterns Event that involves each team learning 12 set patterns ranging from 19 – 44 movements each, demonstrating synchronicity, power and original breaks and sequences.
Two random Patterns are selected for each round where two teams perform the selected routines and a decision is given. Amazingly, this team made up from relatively inexperienced blackbelts won a bronze medal and beat Germany - one of the favourites to reach the final stages.
Julie Whyte also competed in the Junior Female Power Team event with two other members. The Scotland team managed a well deserved third place earning Scotland another bronze medal.
Both Katrina and Julie competed in the Individual Patterns event but both lost before the medal stages.
Scotland Coach, Mark Boydell said: “Both Katrina and Julie have been training on average five hours a day every Saturday and Sunday since January, this on top of their regular Taekwon-Do classes and school studies. These results are a fantastic reward for all their efforts and sacrifices that they have had to make. We are very proud of them.”
Both girls will now be setting their sights on the Taekwon-Do World Cup in Brighton in October where they will compete against, not just the best in Europe, but the World.
If anyone is interested in a free trial at Boydell Blackbelt Academies, please contact Mark on 01561 361753. Classes are available for all age groups (age 4 upwards) and levels of fitness.