It is with mixed emotions that we farewell one of our own this week as Hugh Eagling departs Australian Taekwondo after 25 years of service.
Devoted to his role as Head of Member Relations, Hugh has played an integral role in servicing and supporting our clubs and members Australia wide, often going above and beyond to ensure rewarding outcomes.
"I've been part of the organisation from its inception, through its upheavals, development and growth from the formation of a merged National organisation in 1995," said Hugh.
Some of Hugh's key highlights since joining Australian Taekwondo in 1996 include being part of the administration and Board in the lead up to and post the 2000 Olympics and organising the first Kukkiwon Master Instructors and Examiners Course held in Australia in 2017.
However, it's been serving the membership and the Australian taekwondo community that has been his greatest reward.
"I've enjoyed being in a position to serve the organisation and its members to ensure the administrative side of the business functions at a high level and helps members," he added.
Hugh is moving away from his administration role to focus on his other passion; restoring classic cars and running his successful panel business, which he has managed on the side for several years. More recently, he became a grandfather for the third time and is also looking forward to spending more time with his growing family.
Hugh is by no means leaving our Taekwondo community. He will continue to run Eagling's Martial Arts and Fitness, founded by his father Dale Eagling in 1972 and the oldest Taekwondo club in Tasmania.
Please join us in thanking Hugh for his dedication, service, and the enormous contribution he has made to Australian Taekwondo, as we wish him all the very best for the future.
Thank you for your service, Hugh.
A new appointment will commence in late December to take up our Head of Member Relations role. We ask clubs and members to be patient as we transition and to be mindful of this with our enquiry response time in the short term.