24 June 2024

Junior World Selections set to showcase Australia’s young talent

24 June 2024

The Whitlam Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool will welcome nearly 100 athletes on Saturday as they vie for a place on the Australian National Team for the 2024 World Taekwondo Junior Championships. 

With the selection of a Head Coach and Team Manager already made, the pending team will be led by seasoned coach Jerry Moraitis (Head Coach) from Hall's Taekwondo in Victoria and Anne-Marie Smith (Team Manager) from Spirit Taekwondo in New South Wales. 

"I am deeply honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading our sport and our country to success at the World Junior Championships," said Moraitis.

Sentiments that were echoed by Smith who feels incredibly privileged to be part of a National Team.

“It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Team Manager for the Australian National Junior Team. United with Jerry, our coaches, support personnel, and the support of our community, we are fuelled by our shared passion and dedication to pursue excellence at this prestigious event.”

Additional coaches, trainers and medical staff will be appointed after the selection event to ensure a dedicated team focused on achieving its highest potential.

The upcoming World Taekwondo Junior World Championships will take place in Chuncheon, Korea, from October 1-6, in what will be a highly anticipated event for Australia and its promising junior athletes, who will compete for 20 spots across as many weight divisions. Winners in their respective divisions will secure a place on the team.

It's been two years since Australia triumphed at the Junior World Championships after Matthew Summerfield, from Rawlins Martial Arts and Taekwondo in Western Australia, bested Algeria, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Croatia in a brilliant run to the Semi-Finals before being narrowly defeated (PTF 2:1) by Italy's gold medallist, Angelo Mangione, to secure bronze for his homeland. 

As the first Australian Taekwondo sanctioned event for 2024, clubs, members, and fans are encouraged to attend and support our young talent on Saturday as they fight for the chance to represent their country. Spectator tickets can be purchased from the Australian Taekwondo website or at the door on Saturday. For the full list of athlete entries, please click here.

Australian Taekwondo acknowledges and thanks the work and support of Australian Taekwondo NSW in the organisation of this event. 

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