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Tournament & Event Reports For 2011
This year’s IUTF Munster Championships were held in new Venue, still in Tralee, but in the Tralee Sports Complex. This larger venue provided ample space for the event. Galway students were extremely successful with virtually competitor placing. Connacht Instructors Mr Fitzgibbon, Ms. Connolly, Mrs. Mannion, Mrs and Mr. Doyle, worked tirelessly as usual to help provide a enjoyable tournament for all. Most Galway black belts had shirt and tie at the ready to assist in the competition when they themselves were finished. Galway results were:
Brendan Kenny (Galway)-
Shane Rabbitte (Galway) -
Kevin Rabbitte (Galway)-
Oisin Higgins (Gort) -
Donagh Coffey (Galway)-
Adam Rowan (Oranmore)
Fionn O' Flaherty (Oranmore) -
Cathal Casey (Gort) -
Cathal Kilbane(Galway) -
Jacob Rafferty (Galway) -
Matthew O' Boyle (Oranmore)
Daire Madden (Oranmore) -
Robert Walsh (Oranmore) -
This annual event in the Taekwon-
Cathal Casey (Gort) -
Oisin Higgins (Gort) -
Ms. Yvonne McHugh, (student of Ms. Connolly), and her partner, Mr. Adrian Fehily recently scaled the famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Below is a report from her in her own words. Well done to them both, we are proud to be associated with them.
DAY 1 OF THE CLIMB
Got up at 07.00hrs as bags had to be packed & ready for the road at 08.30. The bus brought us to Machame Park Gate. I was eager to get going...call it nerves, fear of the unknown... We commenced ascent entering lush rainforest almost immediately in aim of reaching Machame Camp (2980m). Hiking Time:7 hrs Distance 18kms. Arrived at Camp 1, good & sweaty but still grand out. Everyone good & still cracking jokes. A bit tired but not too bad. The Porters arrived at camp long before we did & set up Camp for us, boiled drinking & washing water & the cook prepared dinner. Night temperatures dropped to freezing point.
Night 1: Slept about 2 hrs, between the farting & the snoring, it was difficult.
Day 2: We departed for Shira Camp (3840m). We were hiking for 6hrs covering a distance of approx. 9kms. We continued up an ascending path, crossing a little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with Heather until the ridge ended. The route then turned onto a river gorge at 3,658m. After lunch/rest we continued up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau.
Night 2: Slept fairly well on + off. The night at this exposed camp was even colder than previous night with Temperatures dropping well before freezing.
Day 3: Woke at 07.40. It was freezing . Packed up bags, washed, had breakfast -
Day 4: We climbed to 4000m which took us 6 hrs through semi -
To go to the toliet here is an experience!! You have to squat over this hole in the ground approx. 0.5ft x 0.5 ft. I suppose its a great practice aim for the guys. Each time I went to use it I thought I would get sick.
Night 5: The camp here is bleak. Tents are pitched on a narrow, stony & potentially dangerous ridge if you don't take time to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark. We set out for the summit at 12 midnight. This 7.5hrs was the most mentally & physically challenging part of my time on Mount Kilimanjaro. We were all allocated as to where to stand in the walking line with the sickest/slowest at the front. At the summit, the reward awaitied us, the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see.
It was a fantastic achievement. I made it to the summit after what can only be described as a tough, tough night. At the top we celebrated with everyone hugging & kissing! After about an hour on the summit & taking photos we descended down to Barufu Camp 4,600m (15,333 ft) which took us 4 hours. We were exhausted. We had lunch there & slept for 1 hour. Then, we had to set off again & descend for another 3 hours. We had now treked for 14.5 hours with just 1 hour sleep. We stayed at Mweka Camp, had dinner & a couple of beers. Got up next morning for our final descent to base hotel.
This year’s Connacht Championships were held once again in Gort. With six rings running all day, the tournament was indeed one of the most successful events to date. The tournament kicking off at 9.15am for the Black Belts, and with staggered starting times for the colour belts, waiting times was very little. The entire event was finished by 3.15pm leading to praise on the efficiency of the competition by parents and students alike. Galway members cleaned up with many students taking two medals home. All students now look forward to the next major event -
Mr. Fitzgibbon and Ms. Connolly opened the first Full-
The address of the Connacht Taekwon-
Mrs Mary Mannion hosted this year’s Leinster Championships in Athlone. The standard was extremely high, and this year a number of junior black belts got to cut their teeth by assisting with officiating. This will stand to them as competitors as judges further down the line. The Galway results were:
Ms. Lisa Connolly (Galway) -
Matthew O' Boyle (Galway) -
Brian O' Boyle (Galway) -
Adam Rowan (Galway) -
Kate Rowan (Galway) -
Charlie Black (Galway) -
Maclaine Black (Gort) -
As part of the launch of Galway’s new full-
Next was a closed grading for 4th dan level. The testees were Mr. John Roche (Tralee) and Ms. Claire O’ Sullivan (Caherciveen). Both were successful and add to the impressive list of international instructors in the IUTF.
The Galway promotions were:
Cillian Howard -
Donagh Coffey -
Aoife O’ Farrell -
Daire Madden -
Matthew O’ Boyle -
Adam Rowan -
Ethan Flanagan -
In terms of exercises, he worked on a variety of stepping and counter-
The first ever IUTF Cork Taekwon-
Adding to the prestige of the event was the presence of twenty Argentinean competitors who accompanied Master Barat. While many of the Irish competitors are World-
The highlight of the day for many was the team even of Irish select Vs. Argentina select. Both teams were altered from their original lineup due to injuries but nonetheless put on a fabulous contest ending in an exciting tie-
It was a hugely successful launchpad for what many hope will be an annual event in the IUTF calendar. Congratulations to the organisers who took great care of competitors and officials alike, to the extent of ensuring that the officials were catered for during the day. Well done to all the competitors without whom there would be no tournament.
The Open European Championships were held in the beautiful city of Cork in the expansive Neptune Basketball Stadium. The immense preparation put into this the event by the organisers.was obvious. The black belt championships was run over two days followed by the colour belt on the third day (Sunday). Gort/Galway instructor Ms. Lisa Connolly opened the medal winning for Ireland by proceeding to win the ladies 4th dan adult patterns. This was followed by Connacht Chief instructor, Mr. Fitzgibbon who took silver in mens’ senior 4th dan and above patterns. Mr. Fitzgibbon also took gold in the team patterns as did his student, and Barna instructor, Shane Rabbitte. Brendan Kenny also won gold in junior boys individual first degree patterns. With approximately forty medals won by the Galway group over the three days, its not possible to describe every single event. Suffice it to say, all our students performed to the best of their abilities and represented their instructors with great dignity and pride. Brendan Kenny was the star of the weekend winning seven medals and was awarded best overall male junior. The results were as follows:
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