Dublin Open Report
The Dublin Open took place on the weekend of the 19 & 20th of May in the Baldoyle Arena, Dublin, with exactly 500 competitors coming from 29 clubs all over Ireland for the two day event. The tournament began at 10am sharp on both days and finished approximately within its designated time frame. This was due to the efficient, committed and professional work of the tournament and umpire committee in preparation leading up to and during the event, which includes Mr. Stephen Cooley (Tournament organiser), Mr. Adrian Byrne (Tournament Administrator), Mr. Mark Buckley (Tournament Director), Mr. Stephen Ryan (Umpire Chairperson) and Ms. Laura Cullen (Tournament IT Coordinator).
Mr. Adrian Byrne, Tournament Administrator, assisted by Ms. Cullen and Mr. Ryan, had all the draws and categories finalized in advance, enabling each coach to supply their competitors with individual schedules in sticker form, showing what category they were competing in, which ring and at the exact time each category began. This was possible as a result of the ITA T5 system in operation in all ITA competitions.
Day one saw 145 cadet & senior competitors battling it out in patterns, sparring, special technique & breaking sections. The quality on display was extremely high with many medallists from the recent European championships taking part including Louise Mc Cagh, Shane O’Rourke, Chloe Aboud, Rostik Ivanchuk, Jamie Williams & Alexandru Plamadeala. Notable performances from day one included Agnieszka Aziewicz, Aoife O'Mahony, Claire O'Sullivan, Darren Rigney, Eoin O'Connor, Katy Laffan, Maciej Michalski, Stephen Kinsella & Tiarnan Moriarty who all took double gold in their respective divisions.
Day two was as always the busiest in terms of numbers with 355 competitors under the age of 13 from yellow belt upwards competing over 6 competition rings. The younger competitors showed excellent potential with quality performances in patterns & sparring, the future of Irish Taekwon-Do looks bright. Despite the large numbers in attendance the excellent organisational skills of the ITA shone once again with all sections completed by 4pm.
At end of the competition the Integrity Martial Arts Academy finished top of the overall club standings with Dublin ITF second & North Mon-Carigaline, Shannon TKD & Newlands TKD, respectively rounding up the top five. The best overall male competitor at this year’s event was Adam Foley from North Mon-Carrigaline with 2 golds & a silver, while Agnieszka Aziewicz from Dublin-ITF with 2 golds & 2 silvers took the Best overall female award for the second tournament running.
The 2012 Dublin Open Championships was an incredibly successful and expertly organised event as with all ITA tournaments. A sincere thank you goes to the tournament and umpire committee for the massive work put in to the organisation of the event and for the efficient running of the competition on both days. The tireless work of the umpires on both days must also be acknowledged, as without their help, the event would not be possible. A huge thank you must also go to all competitors, coaches, supporters and parents for supporting the event.
Report by Mr Carl Smullen III Dan, ITA PRO
Posted by Stephen Ryan