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eNews May 2019 Issue


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Australian Taekwondo has partnered with Jols for the #TaekwonDownUnder Photo Competition


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Congratulations Janine Watson


We are pleased to announce that Janine Watson has been granted dAIS funding from the Australian Institute of Sport worth $11,500 to assist her preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Janine has been awarded the dAIS funding after her good performance at the recent World Para-Taekwondo Championships in Turkey.

Janine competes the in the K44 +58kg female category and trains at Tans Currumbin in Queensland.

Australian Taekwondo has also nominated Janine for September's Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Test Event, and we wish her well for her selection.

Australian Taekwondo gratefully acknowledges the Australian Institute of Sport's support for our Para-Athletes.

2019 Senior World Championships Team

We are pleased to announce the Australian Team to compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships, which will be held in Manchester between 15-19 May 2019.

The Team is currently training at the High Performance Hub in Melbourne and we wish them well for the competition.

Female Division Male Division
Tamzin Christoffel -49kg Bailey Lewis -54kg
Carmen Marton -53kg Safwan Khalil -58kg
Stacey Hymer -57kg Damon Cavey -63kg
Tayla Nolte -62kg Thomas Afonczenko -68kg
Reba Stewart +73kg Jack Marton -74kg
    Arash Mozhdeh Jouybari -87kg
Team Staff
Team Manager Anita Tippet    
Head Coach Karim Dighou    
Coach Ali Khalil    
Coach Frank DePasquale    
Physiotherapist Yaheli Bet-Or    


2019 Cadet World Championships Team

Following a selection event held in Brendale, Queensaland on 6 April 2019, the following athletes qualified in their respective weight categories for the Australian Team to contest the 2019 Cadet World Championships, which will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 7-10 August 2019.

Planning is currently underway for a training camp to prepare the Team for the championships and details will be released soon.

Selection of Team Staff (Team Manager, Coaches) will be commenced next month.

Female Division Club State
Amber Carter -29kg Martial Fitness Australia Vic
Claire Sardana -33kg Joon No's Taekwondo Vic
Maddison Camillo -37kg Mozhdeh Martial Arts Vic
Tiarnagh Sweeney -41kg One Taekwondo School Qld
Giuliana Masiello -44kg Impact Martial Arts ACT
Avalon Frezza -47kg Impact Martial Arts  ACT
Katinka Penketh -51kg Edge Taekwondo W.A. WA
Hannah Kiefer -55kg Musa Taekwondo NSW
Selma Halilovic -59kg ATI Martial Arts WA
Male Division Club State
Aikan Granier-Ameur -33kg One Taekwondo School Qld
Jackson Lobb -37kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic
Dylan Unkles -41kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic
Xavier Nikolovski -45kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic
Damon Motta -49kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic
Jamie Cefai -53kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic
Matthew Summerfield -57kg French's Martial Arts WA
Baxter Poulson -61kg French's Martial Arts WA
Mitchell McGuire -65kg Edge Taekwondo Qld
Angus Tranter +65kg Notorious Martial Arts Vic


June Events


Key events coming up from 27-29 June at Cararra Indoor Stadium on the Gold Coast

1. 27th June Oceania President's Cup - Kyorugi (G2) and Poomsae (G2)
2. 28th June Australian Open Poomsae
3. 28th June Oceania Open Para-Championships Kyorugi (G4/G2)
4. 29th June Australian Open Kyorugi (G2)

Registrations close Friday 31 May 2019.

You can register and get more information HERE

Categorised Athlete Profiles

First round of categorised athlete profiles are now up on the website and can be found HERE with more to be posted in the coming days.

Get to know our Athletes in their categories as it relates to Taekwondo consisting of six levels. Podium, Podium Ready, Podium Potential, Developing and Emerging categories are the podium pathway, and where Australian Taekwondo and the Australian Institute of Sport Combat Centre resources will be prioritised.

The International category is also provided to recognise those athletes that have yet to meet the performance criteria within the podium pathway but have represented Australia at the sports most recent benchmark event.

Recent Results

Dutch Open 


Jack Marton (MTC) - Gold
Thomas Afonczenko (NTRSMA) - Silver
Safwan Khalil (GMA) - Bronze
Reba Stewart (Hall's) - Bronze
Tamzin Christoffel (OneTKD) - Bronze
Tayla Nolte (CWT) - Bronze

Cadets and Juniors

Cadet: Angus Tranter (NTRSMA) - Gold
Junior: Juliet Lahood (ProdMA) - Gold
Cadet: Xavier Nikolovski (NTRSMA) - Silver

US Open

Sally Heslop (Impact martial arts) - Bronze 

Belgium Open G2 event

Categorised athlete summary: this was the tough event as we new it would be, with many of the top countries there chasing medals. Australian athletes had some tough matches Damon Cavey (WhTKD) making it to the QF losing to Croatia. Safwan Khalil (GMA) defeated by the Gold Medallist. Jack Marton (MTC) defeated by the silver medallist. Adrian Abela (CWT), Thomas Afonczenko (NTRSMA), Reba Stewart (Hall's) and Arash Mozhdeh (MozTKD) defeated by the Bronze medallists.

Cadets and Juniors 

Damon Motta (NTRSMA) - Silver
Juliet Lahood (ProdMA) - Bronze
Rebecca Murray (Edge) - Bronze
Xavier Nikolovski (NTRSMA) - Bronze
David Gibson (Edge) - Bronze

Pink Belt Project Enters a Second Year


Australian Taekwondo has flagged its support again in 2019 for the Pink Belt Project – a charity aimed at empowering women in need with free Taekwondo.

The project was launched last year and was the idea of The Mortal Mouse Taekwondo Blogger Kristy Hitchens.

A fundraising campaign will kick off again in July and applications for Taekwondo Scholarships will open in October

To support the project and stay up-to-date with news and updates, LIKE the Facebook Page @pinkbeltproject.

You might have already spotted the smart new logo hand-drawn and created by graphic artist Navira Trimansyah who generously donated her time and expertise to the project.

Through fundraising and clubs offering to run their own matched scholarships, a total of seven women in need from around Australia commenced their one year of free Taekwondo training in January.
An additional six clubs still have scholarships available for the right candidates.

Comments from Scholarship recipients so far who all began their training in January have been (*names changed to protect identities):

Learning all these new techniques are life changing for me. I am growing so much. Especially in confidence.
I am so grateful for everyone involved in this pink belt initiative. It has given me my life back.

With my self confidence at an all time low, and feeling like a shadow of my former self, I sent my application. And here I am! Arriving at another training session, in my second month and loving it. I feel strong and empowered.
I feel more confident; and have found a little piece of joy, in one hour a day, twice a week. And it’s mine.

Last week I passed my Red Belt.
There was no words that can describe how happy and grateful I was. That means it’s now not far ahead to work towards that Black Belt that I want to achieve by the end of the year.
And I wouldn’t ever be able to do it without Pink Belt Scholarships.

We look forward to bringing you further updates about the project as it rolls out again in 2019, hopefully even bigger and better than last year!

For more information about the project and additional links visit the fundraising project page at

The Parents' Guide to Clean Sport


ASADA has released a great new resource for parents, teachers and coaches to help children achieve their sporting goals and also in protecting them from the potential pitfalls of doping.

The Parents’ Guide to Clean Sport is available both as a brochure and as a short 15-20min online course, and covers topics such as healthy sport cultures, nutrition, the risks of supplements and doping risk factors, and includes links to websites for further useful information.

Links to both can be found on the ASADA website HERE.

If your club or association would like our Parents’ Guide advertising postcards to hand out at events (copy attached), please don’t hesitate to contact ASADA Education at and we can send them out to you.
All free of charge.

Sport Accord Gold Coast: Taekwondo Participation


SportAccord is the world sport and business summit. It is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

The below 4 athletes will be attending the opening ceremony:

Lachlan Bolton - Tans Currumbin
Mitchell McGuire - Edge
Aiken Granier-Ameur - One
Tiarnagh Sweeney – One

A World Taekwondo demo team will also be performing with the World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue in attendance. Their schedule includes

 - a short display after the Opening Ceremony (Gold Coast Sports Festival 2019 on the 8th May in the evening from 18.30-19.30pm on the Mainstage at Kurrawa Park):

- 9th May - 5:30pm - 6:30pm – Display by WT demo team at the Tatami martial art zone.

 - 10th May - 1pm - 2pm – Display by WT demo team at the Tatami martial art zone.

For further information on the Sport Accord please click HERE.

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