27 August 2023

Young guns touch down in Sarajevo

27 August 2023

Twenty rising stars will represent Australia at the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina this week.

The World Taekwondo Cadet Championships serve as a crucial stage for athletes to develop their abilities and self-assurance during their time as cadets.

Representing Australia this week will be Lawson Knight (One Taekwondo School), Theodore Kaing (Notorious Martial Arts), Kerim Yilmaz (Olympic Taekwondo Centre), Lucas Lai (Notorious Martial Arts), Elijah Wu (Martial Arts Spirit), Jayden Vuong (Revolution TKD & BJJ), Bilal Atay (Hall's Taekwondo), Jack Orchard (Martial Arts Spirit), Leonardo Angell (Musa Taekwondo), Kian Jones (Adelaide Taekwondo Academy), Matilda Purvis (Adelaide Taekwondo Academy), Kierah Ly-Diep (Forza Taekwondo), Mackenzie Macdonald (Hall's Taekwondo), Lacie Gleeson (Hall's Taekwondo) Andrea Ishac (Hall's Taekwondo), Chelsea Gomez (Taya Taekwondo), Phoebe Fan (Adelaide Taekwondo Academy), Elle-Maree Ghetto-Tarantolo (Irontiger Australia), Zahra Karaki (Global Martial Arts AU) and Akon Baak (Total Taekwondo Academy).

The Championships will see the participation of 620 athletes representing 73 nations, including a refugee team, compete at the Championships. For the first time, new weight divisions will be implemented to protect the athlete's safety further.

Olympic gold medallist Dongmin Cha will lead the team as the Australian Cadet National Coach and will be supported by Jerry Moraitis (Halls Taekwondo), Ruth Hock (Adelaide Taekwondo Academy) and Abby Sangalang (Taya Taekwondo), who will provide further support to Dongmin while overseas.

To follow the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships, please visit the World Taekwondo website or click the links below.

Draw - Day 1 - CLICK HERE

Livestream - CLICK HERE

Results - CLICK HERE

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