The Canada Open concluded over the weekend in Vancouver, with Australia's National Pathways and Senior National Team shining brightly, clinching 27 medals.
Australian Taekwondo has been crowned the leading Member National Association in diversity, equity and inclusion at the recent World Taekwondo 2023 Gala Awards in Manchester.
The night saw the world's finest Taekwondo athletes, coaches and officials come together to celebrate individual achievements and close out an incredible season.
This year's awards saw the introduction of a sustainability award category, which recognised three key areas: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community, Environmental Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing.
Australian Taekwondo's nomination for the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Award focussed on its path to gender balance across the taekwondo ecosystem.
Historically women were underrepresented in all roles at all levels of Taekwondo despite increased participation opportunities for women and girls. Today the Australian Taekwondo landscape is seeing positive change, with access and opportunities for women and girls increasing across historically male-dominated areas.
A jury comprising representatives from the World Taekwondo Sustainability Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) jointly decided that Australian Taekwondo's nomination was the most outstanding among an impressive selection of submissions.
Australian Taekwondo's recognition in this space underscores its steadfast commitment to fostering diversity and ensuring gender equity within the taekwondo community, marking a significant milestone in the sport's journey towards a more inclusive future.
This is the second award Australian Taekwondo has won in 2023 after World Taekwondo recognised the Association as one of six leading MNAs for best practice governance after receiving an A1 rating in the world body's governance review of 213 International Federations in June.
Australian Taekwondo will reinvest its cash prize of USD 10,000 back into its membership to deliver more initiatives that support growth and development opportunities for women across all areas of Taekwondo.
Australian Taekwondo wishes to confirm the addition of the following two events to clause 6.12(a) of the Nomination Criteria for the Paris Olympic Games.
Deanna Kyriazopoulos is the youngest Director and Board Member elected to the Australian Taekwondo board, she was recently awarded the prestigious Australian Institute of Company Directors, Non For Profit scholarship.