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OFWs shine in taekwondo competition

24 April 2019

Members of the victorious team show off their medals.


By George Manalansan

A group of Filipino migrant workers took second top honors at a taekwondo contest held at the Butterfly Beach Sports Centre in Tuen Mun on Apr 5.

The Royal Eagle Taekwondo Academy with 34 competitors led by coach Crisel Calipayan received 10 gold medals to land in second place. Overall winner was the Golden Taekwondo Academy whose 24 competitors garnered 35 golds.

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A group of 14 young enthusiasts from the Philippine Taekwondo Union who flew into Hong Kong to compete, copped third place with 6 gold medals. The members aged 4 to 15 were accompanied by their parents and coach Anthony Angeles.

A total of 17 teams competed in the Taekwondo Kyorugi, Poomsae and Hanmadang 2019 tournament organized by the China Hong Kong National Taekwondo Alliance. Apart from Filipinos and Chinese, there were also Indonesian and Nepalese teams that took part.

One of the big winners for the OFW team was Marites Pepe who topped the 57- 62 kgs. (Kyurogi sparring) category. Winning silver in the pommsae contest was Geraldine Besa, while Judith Viray and Janette Onsat both got bronze.

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Coach Crisel said the team’s goal is to teach more OFWs to keep fit and have a healthy lifestyle.

“Martial arts is not only a self defense but (a way of) pushing yourself to know your limit and maximize capabilities, developing confidence, self-discipline and respect,” she said.

She noted minor incidents during the contest like complaints over the scoring of judges that were settled afterwards. One of her players was also injured in an accident, but went on to win her category, anyway.

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The event ended with the handing out of awards and group photo-taking.

The other teams that competed were Cheerful Taekwondo Association, Phoenix Taekwondo, United Philippine Taekwondo Organisation, Taekwondo Master Academy, Shang Li Taekwondo, Hong Kong Taekwondo Development Scheme, Chung Yin Taekwondo Club, Gathered Hearts Taekwondo Association, Ardor Taekwondo Union, Apis Club Taekwondo, Hong Ki Taekwondo Association, Holistic Association, HK. TKD. Gallant Association and HK Taekwondo Hoi Yat Association.

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