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Bungay battlers in medal haul

PUBLISHED: 13:24 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 08:11 01 August 2010

Another successful medal haul was brought back from the 2009 GTUK British Taekwondo Championships at the weekend.

Competitors from Bungay Taekwondo club based at Bungay High School got up at 5am and travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon in order to compete at the largest-ever GTUK event and standards and competition were really high, especially as BBC3 were filming a documentary.

Another successful medal haul was brought back from the 2009 GTUK British Taekwondo Championships at the weekend.

Competitors from Bungay Taekwondo club based at Bungay High School got up at 5am and travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon in order to compete at the largest-ever GTUK event and standards and competition were really high, especially as BBC3 were filming a documentary.

Fiona Larter, 37, once again proved her dominance in the ladies' sparring event and achieved a thoroughly deserved gold medal, the third year in a row! Nidge Bedingfield, 54, also achieved gold in the Veteran Male sparring section as well as a bronze for patterns.

His wife Sue, 48, won double silver medals whilst their youngest son Kal, 12, achieved a great bronze for sparring in a huge junior category.

George Crickmore, 14, continued his medal haul of the season with a bronze for sparring and a thoroughly deserved silver for patterns.

Freddy Hoffman, 15, won a terrific bronze medal for sparring in his first- ever GTUK competition.

Other students from the club were not quite as successful but did especially well in light of the standards on show, Jenna Akerman (12) came fourth in the junior patterns, Mark Porter, 28, came fourth in a tough male sparring section whilst Sophie Akerman, 12, won several rounds in the junior sparring section but missed out on the medals.

Clinton Gillett, the club instructor and Director of Design Technology at the High School, said: “National standards seem to be getting better every year and we are raising our game accordingly, it was a shame that many others in the club were unable to travel due to other commitments as the medal tally could have been higher!”

Now is a great time to get fit for summer so if you would like to see the club train or have a go at this Olympic martial art go along to the high school on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 7pm or contact Clinton Gillett on 07970 664965 for further details.


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