European Championships 2009
The I.T.F. (Ireland) National Team, which comprises of members from the I.N.T.A. and the I.T.A. recently travelled to the XV Junior and XXIV Senior European Taekwon-do Championship – Benidorm 2009.
As a relatively new team the success achieved could only be described as phenomenal and all parties came home with a sense of pride and satisfaction that is equalled only by the need to return to squad training and achieve further success at the world championships in Argentina to be held on 26th to 29th November of this year.
A total of eleven medals including gold for the senior male pattern team ( Mr. Stephen Ryan, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Daniel Dillon, Mr Hong Keat Looi and Mr. Jamie Rigney ) and coached by Mr. Paul Delea , three silver medals , individual senior female destruction ( Miss Lenka Marsikova), Ind Female junior special technique (Miss Louise McCagh) and individual junior 2nd degree pattern (Miss Caroline Smullen).
Senior female team destruction (Miss Lenka Marsikova, Miss Sabina Mason and Miss Lyndsey Conway), coached by Mr. Liam Carberry taking bronze medal were followed by bronze in the 4th to 6th degree pattern by Miss Amy-Jane Troy.
In individual senior pattern 2nd Degree Miss Sabina Mason was awarded bronze and while Miss Lyndsey Conway took another bronze in the individual senior female -63kg sparring. Again the senior sparring team of Miss Amy-Jane Troy, Miss Sabina Mason, Miss Lyndsey Conway, Miss Anne-Marie Rooney and Miss Lenka Marsikova reaching bronze medal status.
A superb display by the junior male teams of Mr Dylan Fitsgibbon, Mr Marlon Forde, Mr. Ross Christie, Mr David Kilcoyne, Mr John Fitsgibbon, Mr Cathal Mc Carthy Mr Alan Dunton and Mr. Mathew Troy coached by Mr. Alan Troy for patterns and Mr. Jonathan Dargan for sparring ,resulted in a bronze medal in both disciplines almost culminating in a silver for sparring but narrowly beaten by the Italian team.
The team were led by Manager Mr Ken Leahy, coaches Mr. Paul Delea, Mr, Alan Troy, Mr. Jonathan Dargan, Mr. Liam Carberry and travelling as umpires for the competition were Mr. Dave Condon and Mr Dave Elson who were delighted by the results and manner in which the National team behaved as ambassadors for their associations and their country.
The forces of both the I.N.T.A. and the I.T.A. have proven to be very successful and all members worked as one team to represent Ireland in a seriously competitive yet friendly manner and look forward to continuing that professional partnership going forward in the future.