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Falkirk’s fighting fit as medals roll in

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Falkirk taekwondo club fear they have created difficulties for themselves - after achieving their best ever result at the national championships.

The class, based at Denny and Graeme High schools, wonder if they’ll ever be able to better their haul of medals after grabbing 18 gold medals, nine silver and a handful of bronze at the 30th national event held in Coatbridge.

And the result also had them celebrating the top team trophy.

In the Patterns events golds went to Eve McDougall, Gary Hamilton, Rory Sneddon, John Jo Paterson and Alasdair Cox, with Freya Paterson, Laura McDougall, Elisha Shaw, Daniel Hisp and Rebecca Shaw taking runners-up prizes. Caitlin Harrison and Emily Fyfe took bronze medals.

In the sparring, Marc Rivetyt took three golds, while Alasdair Coz and Conan Irvine took two each.

Daniel Hisp, Liam Muir, Rory Sneddon, JJ Paterson Jamie Thomson and Elsiha Shaw won golds while Ross Walker and Lewis Witherspoon won bornze.

Runners-up prizes went to Kristofer Irvine, Christopher Hudson, Eilidh Walker and Gary Hamilton.

The club also marked black belts for Jamie Thomson and Ross Walker, while brothers Kristofer and Conan Irvine were promoted to second dan black belts.

Another of the area’s TKD clubs - based at Central Academy in Carronshore - was also involved in black belt gradings.

It was held at Tamfourhill and five Central TKD juniors were promoted to black belt:

Aleena and Adnaan Javaid (both 10), Nigel Cheung (11), Cameron Gray (11) and Aidan Thompson (11) from Denny.

Iain Opray (26) was promoted to second Dan.

The club also reached a landmark as Alan Haston became its first student to reach the Master Grade of fifth dan after practising with the club for more than 18 years.

The Polmont based UKTC club had medal winners at the recent junior championships, and they go into the weekend’s International championship in Edinburgh on the back of good results.

The club also trains in Grangemouth and had Jordan Williams taking a gold and silver for Flying Kick and sparring, Aiden Lyons a gold in patterns and Cameron Glennind a gold in sparring.

Kyle Forrest took a bronze in both disciplines.

For a newly created TKD club in Camelon - the Global Taekwondo Federation, there was also success at 24th GTF Scottish Open.

Two golds went to Brandon MacIntosh, and one to Harris Bolton, Ryan Risk and Skye Maccalenie.

Stewart Lumsden, Emma Murray and Ryan Risk took silvers while Taylor Penman, Jackson Jamieson, Josh Johnstone and Lewis Murray all took bronze medals.

Away from taekwondo the Kobe Osaka karate organisation held its annual championships in Grangemouth Sports Complex on Sunday.

Competitors from England travelled north but it was Scotland who earend the overall victory in the afternoon, after all were invovled in a morning of instructions from Masters Steven Morris, Paul Lapsley and John Fleming.

In Muay Thai, Calvin McLintock (14) of Carnage gym in Abbotsinch industrail estate, Grangemouth fought the more experienced Scottish champion Brad Moffat from Cambuslang’s Eclipse gym.

It earns his second title this year after winning 40kg belt with another victory back in April.

 

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