Bundaberg duo named in national tae kwon do squad
TWO local tae kwon do athletes have been selected to represent Australia at the International Sports Karate Association world titles next year after winning events in Sydney last weekend.
Competing at the 21st Australian Open, for Superfoot Australia in Bundaberg, Travis Mittelheuser and Ian Fauth qualified for the world titles to be held in Germany next May.
In his first ever national competition, after just eight months of training, Mittelheuser shone as the 14-year-old won two titles.
He would finish first in forms, first in points sparring, and claim bronze in continuous sparring.
After the weekend Mittleheuser was pleased to find success in the national arena.
"I was fairly surprised with my results as I didn't expect to be so strong because of my experience," said Mittleheuser.
Fauth, his coach, won the freestyle sparring competition in the over-50s event and says it will be great to head to the worlds next year.
"I competed in the world titles in 1995, so it is great to be back there again, and competing with Travis in the event," Fauth said.
The duo will now re-group, and train, in preparation for the Australian titles on November 29.