Champion effort by Bungay martial arts club brings home top honour

Bungay Taekwondo Club helped the Eastern Region to win the GTUK National Inter-Region Championships at the weekend by amassing a fantastic 60 points – the same as the whole of Scotland.

Three points were awarded for gold, two for a silver and one for a bronze medal at the Coventry tournament.

There were several double gold medal winners, which was a superb achievement considering the competition and standards on display.

Kal Bedingfield, Saskia Baylis and Denys Woolley (all aged 14) gained gold in both sparring and patterns, whilst Oliver Baylis (16) won gold in the patterns and silver in sparring.

Will Everson (15) achieved the opposite result and Reece Jordan (12) won gold in sparring and bronze for patterns, which was the same result as George Crickmore (16).

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Phil Everson (51) won gold for patterns and silver for sparring in his first-ever taekwondo tournament.

Other gold winners included Callum Read (11) and Logan Bedingfield (22) for sparring, whilst Sophie Akerman (14) won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring.

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Adam Sloan (13) won a great silver for patterns, as did Suzie Bedingfield (50) whilst George Attwood (20) and Tom Raven (15) won silvers for sparring and Ben Jordan (6) won silver for patterns.

Lianne Hatcher (19), Ed Everson (15) and Nidge Bedingfield (55) won bronze medals for sparring.

Other members of the club competed superbly but narrowly missed out on medals, including Martin and Claire Sloan, Jenna Akerman, Edward Parker-Jervis and the club instructor Clinton Gillett, often losing out in the judging to achieve the bitterest of positions – fourth!

Once all the scores were calculated the eastern region, which includes Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Cambridge, Stamford and Bungay clubs, reached an incredible 202 points to be crowned champions for the first time – having come second in 2008 and third last year.

Clinton said the ethos of Bungay raised the morale of the region with their vocal support and superb fighting spirit. He said he is really proud of everyone in the club as well as all those who could make the gruelling day.

n If you want to go and learn a fantastic and dynamic form of kickboxing, then pop along to Bungay High School on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7pm and check out this family-inclusive, friendly and highly- successful club. Or Google Bungay Taekwondo for further details.

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