Bungay Taekwondo Club success at Northampton tournament

The Eastern Area Inter-Club tournament took place in Northampton once again and Bungay Taekwondo Club battled to a creditable fourth in the region with some great individual performances.

There were 15 medals won in total by 16 fighters in all age groups: Pee-wees (under-12) included gold for Callum Read in his sparring division while Craig Easton won silver for sparring and bronze for patterns in the lower grades.

Juniors (13-17) achieved a good haul of medals with Jenna Akermans gold for both sparring and patterns being a real highlight. Sister Sophie gained silver for patterns and Saskia Baylis won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring.

The adults included a great double gold for Clinton Gillett, club instructor, and a superb gold for Gwynn Braidwood in the patterns. Ollie Baylis achieved silver for patterns and Logan Bedingfield gained double bronzes in a tough black belt category.

Dad Nidge Bedingfield matched him with a double bronze in the black belt veteran division.

Several other competitors competed and supported superbly, with Ollie Watts and Martin Sloan all battling to fourth placings while Sam Saunders, Daniel and Mitchell Docherty and Morgan Waller all showed true taekwondo spirit but missed out on medals.

Steve King, area fifth degree and senior, said: 'Bungay did really well once again and their sense of team spirit and camaraderie is excellent; I am sure they will win the regions one day soon.'

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Now is a great time to try out this rewarding Olympic martial art, so if you want to get fit for the spring come along to the high school on Tuesdays or Thursday from 7pm, or contact Clinton Gillett on 01986 892140 for further details. The youngest students are six years old and there is no upper age limit.

Also, check the club out at www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk