’Ferry Tae Kwon Do team in the medals in Holland

SQ Tae Kwon Do winners
SQ Tae Kwon Do winners

Martial arts exponents from Queensferry recently travelled to Holland to take part in an international Tae Kwon Do competition.

Nine students of the Julia Cross School of Tae Kwon Do attended the event which saw over 500 competitors at various age groups from the host country, Germany, France, England and Scotland.

Former world champion Julia said: ‘‘This was the third year students from the school have participated in this prestigious event. This time we took some juniors along to try them out for the future.

Michael McRoberts (16), 1st deg, won gold in -56kg black belt sparring and 1st Deg patterns beating very high level of competitors; Gilles Brown (21), 2nd deg, won gold in -78kg sparring after four very tough rounds. He was also part of the Dutch team who won silver in team sparring; Catriona McRoberts (15), 1st deg, won bronze in 1st deg patterns showing great improvement while Jemma Swinburne (11) gained gold in red belt patterns and junior red -150cm sparring in her first international competition and showed great potential for the future.

Emma Fraser (13) 1st kup, won bronze in red belt patterns, also in her first international competition.

Another first attendee, Calum Graham (12) 1st kup, also achieved bronze in red belt patterns and narrowly missed out on bronze for sparring after a draw in the play off going to final point.

Julia added; ‘‘Myself and Katja Hansen, from Buckie, were coaching and we are so proud of them all for their spirit and determination and training in the lead up to this competition.’’