McGaw sparkles at state
BUNDABERG'S Michael McGaw proved his national selection was justified as he took out third place in the men's power breaking division at the 2006 Bai Rui Tae Kwon-Do Queensland Championships in Brisbane.
McGaw attended the Bai Rui Championships after an invitation was extended to the ITF Australia Organisation.
In his first major tournament since being selected in the Australian squad, McGaw was faced with a division of 15 competitors.
The power breaking consisted of three separate breaks, a knife hand side strike, a turning kick with the ball of the foot, and a side piercing kick with the blade of the foot, with the boards measuring 19mm each in thickness.
The first degree black belt said he was uncertain how he would perform heading into the competition.
"I has very sceptical going into the tournament,'' McGaw said.
"It was my first major tournament and the nerves were starting to really kick in by the end of the day.
I was pleased to be able to break my PBs but I had had higher expectations.''
The point scoring system for power breaking consisted of one point for a clean break or half a point if the board broke while being shook.
Club instructor and coach David Williams was happy with the effort.
"He has done really well and I am very proud of him - to achieve a placing in his first major tournament is really encouraging,'' Williams said.
Williams, who also holds a second degree black belt, said he was impressed with the power demonstrated by McGaw.
"His breaks weren't just one or two board efforts - he really lifted on the occasion,'' he said.
"With the knife hand break there was a minimum requirement of two boards and he cleanly broke three, with the turning kick the minimum was three boards and he broke four.
McGaw's focus now shifts to the General Choi Cup in Sydney next month, where he will have his first taste of international competition.