Irish Cup 2013 Report
The Irish Taekwon-Do Association hosted the 2013 Irish Cup in the University of Limerick Arena on the 16th & 17th of November. Saturday the 16th was for cadets (14 – 17) and seniors, while those under-14 years of age competed on the Sunday. The full UL arena was used on both days with four rings in operation on the Saturday and eight rings on Sunday including a ring for special technique & power breaking. This was the first ITA tournament to include special technique for colour belts juniors & seniors. This was a large tournament with 532 competitors over the two days from all over Ireland as well as a team from Albania.
The ITA tournament & umpire committee of Mark Buckley, Niall Jones, Adrian Byrne, Stephen Ryan and Laura Cullen put in a lot of work to ensure the event ran seamlessly over the two days. They were ably assisted by a team of volunteers who helped to set up the arena on both days as well over 60 umpires and ring assistants over the course of the weekend. There was a high quality on display across all sections, including many medallists from the recent World Championships in Benidorm.
After the competition, two senior blackbelt competitors where selected at random for drug-testing by the Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit. This highlights the professionalism of ITA tournaments and our athletes. The ITA as members of the Irish Martial arts Commission and as a Government-recognised body for ITF Taekwon-Do are compliant with the WADA anti-doping code and as such athletes may be selected at random for drug-testing at ITA tournaments.
The best overall senior male at the Irish Cup was awarded, for the second year running, to Richie Forde who took 3 Gold’s. The best overall female competitor award was shared between Chloe Aboud and Katy Laffan, who also took three Gold medals each, while the best overall junior male was awarded to Dylan Murphy who took 2 Gold’s & a Silver,
The 2013 Irish Cup raised the bar once again for ITA tournaments; the level of professionalism in the running of the event, combined with the standard of competition on display was outstanding. Thank you must go to the ITA tournament committee who organised and ran the event, as well as all the umpires, competitors, coaches and spectators who helped to make the event such a success.
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Posted by Carl Smullen