Andrea Kilday earned New Zealand a quota spot at the Rio Olympic Games after winning gold at the Oceania Olympic Qualifier tournament in Port Moresby on Saturday 27th February by winning the women’s -49kg class. Andrea joins seven other athletes – four from Australia, two from Papua New Guinea and one from Tonga – to claim Rio berths at the tournament.
In a hot venue against top competition, Andrea stuck to her game plan to claim a well-deserved gold medal. Last year Andrea also performed exceptionally well in Papua New Guinea when she became the first New Zealander to win gold at the Pacific Games.
The rest of the New Zealand team put up hard fought performances and there were some close matches with Dafydd Sanders, Vaughn Scott and Rhiannon O’Neill all bringing home Silver. A big thanks to the team officials, Tim Urquhart, Grandmaster Oh, Master Kesi O’Neill, Master John Webster and Logan Campbell for their hard work and support of our athletes. Well done to the team and a huge congratulations to Andrea and her coach Grandmaster Oh.
Andrea has now been nominated by Taekwondo New Zealand to the NZ Olympic Committee for selection to Rio and we await the selection announcement next week.