Juniors kick to national win
A BUNDABERG tae kwon do club is proud of its juniors after achieving significant results at the 2015 national championships in Adelaide earlier this month.
ASP tae kwon do sent four athletes to the titles in South Australia, with all of them returning with medals, as they impressed fellow state clubs.
Leading the club was Jessica Borg, who won a national title and gold in the black belt competition for girls aged 15-17 and in the weight division of 55-59kg.
Despite a lack of height, which has hampered the 15-year-old in previous events, Borg was able to defeat four time national champion Brittaney Cameron to take out the crown.
She says adjusting the way she competes against taller athletes has paid major dividends.
"Competing against taller fighters is tough. You have to fight in close, shut them down, and grind out the win," Borg said.
"I currently train with taller rivals at the club to make sure I am prepared to counter my lack of height."
Her reward for the national title is a chance to compete in the Oceania championships this weekend in Canberra.
The Shalom College student is also part of the Australian Institute of Sport in tae kwon do.
With the program to be reduced from 10 athletes to six, Borg knows she is in a fight to remain part of the AIS squad.
Her focus is on getting results at the championships this weekend and to maintain her spot in the institute.
"The standard of the competition will be tougher but I know what I need to do to gain the results I need," Borg said.
"My hero is Lauren Burns, who won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. If I want to achieve similar goals I need to do well at these events."
In the other results for the Bundaberg juniors, Kane Murray won silver in the 12-14 age group with a weight between 49-53kg.
Cody Ey would win bronze in the 15-17 age group with a weight of 68-73kg, with Elijah Tandy gaining silver in the 15-17 age group and weight over 78kg.
Coach of ASP Taekwondo Tim Annett said his club were pleased with their performances in Adelaide.
"Clubs in Brisbane, and around Australia, were genuinely surprised with what we can do because we are the only tae kwon do club in the area," Annett said.
"We have around 150 members at ASP and we achieve significant results for a relatively small club."
They are also aiming to host an competitive event next year to provide competition to its members.
"Early next year we're planning on holding an event to attract competitors from Brisbane, Melbourne, and around Australia," Annett added. "It will be another good chance for our club to compete."