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Junior Worlds Training Squad Training Camp October


During the school holidays 29 members of the NZ Junior Worlds Training squad and 3 officials gathered in Tauranga from 7-11th October for the 1st camp of the selection process for Junior Worlds. They had come from the North and South Island’s with one from Australia. This is how keen these juniors are.

We were lucky enough to be able to stay at the Tauranga Boys College again for the entire camp. The Boys slept in the Whare and the Girls in a classroom.

The day’s started with an early morning session on the field with running and fitness sessions. 

Once early morning session’s finished the squad came back to the kitchen for breakfast.

The squad then was taken to Western Bay Olympic’s Do-Jang and completed a full days training day with skill, fitness, technique and sparring drills with Coach Robin.

This routine went on for the entire camp and it certainly showed in our athletes the improvement and that they were taking it all in and learning from the whole experience.

With their bodies feeling the strain, aches and pains they were treated for a soak at the Mount Hot Pools.

At night after dinner the athletes could have a choice of a well deserved rest or training time with Coach Robin this was after the classroom sessions with entire squad where Trainer Camille Pruckmuller talked about diet, exercise, coping with stress and lots more.

Friday we were lucky enough to have Master Eruera who helped our athletes with the Haka. For this camp they have started right from the basics.

Saturday brought the day of our mini tournament and what a great effort from our juniors, some great improvements were showing and their new skills and the advice given was being used. This tournament was open to parents and instructors and it was good to see them turn up to show their support. The tournament finished and lunch was served.

The doors were shut and the closed trainings begun again for the afternoon session. Again this young squad sweated and worked hard showing their skills.

After a long Saturday the team came back to college where we had dinner and the squad had a well deserved movie night. While this was happening Coach Robin had one on ones with each squad member if she hadn’t done so during the day.

Sunday morning came and we had breakfast and then all made our way to Mt Maunganui for the squad to complete their last task of the camp, which was a run up the Mount. What an awesome day for this, some had never been up there before.  Feeling sore from their week of hard work, they again were treated to a soak in the hot pools for recovering.

We all made our way back to the Camp to pack and clean up and make our way home. Our next camp will be held in November and more information on this will be coming out shortly. Thanks to all that helped and made this camp possible your time and resources is much appreciated. This young squad bonded so well it was incredible to watch and l Iook forward to the next camp.

Hayley Storey

Team Manager Junior Worlds













TNZ Nationals Championships

To all TNZ Member Organisations,

Please distribute this notice to your clubs & instructors.

Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to announce the upcoming 2015 TNZ National Championships. We apologise for the late notice in announcing this event.

Please find attached the information package and entry spreadsheet.

The Tournament Director for this event is:

  • Jason Kim
  • Email:
  • Mobile 021-770-206

Please direct any queries to Jason.

We look forward to welcoming you and your members at the event.

1st Oceania Club Championships (hosted by OTU)

Dear MNAs / Club owners

Please find attached the event outline and poster for the upcoming 1st Oceania Club Championships (G1) to be held at the AIS in Canberra between 24 - 25 October 2015.

 Entries are now open and will remain open until 9th October 2015.  

Entry is via the WTF Global Membership System (GMS):

 Details of accommodation are also included in the event outline.

Kindest Regards

Stuart Lee

OTU Secretary General

+61 412 022 941

Junior World Championships Update - NZ Training Info

Please see the two attachments regarding information on the Junior Worlds Training Squad Camp and reminder regarding the deadline for the registering of expressions of interest.

Junior World Championships - NZ Team Officials Appointed

Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to announce the following appointments to lead our New Zealand Junior Representative Team competing at the 2016 WTF Junior World Championships.

  • Team Manager: Hayley Storey
  • Team Coach: Robin Cheong
  • Team Trainer: Camille Pruckmuller

Congratulations to all three on their appointments. For further information regarding the New Zealand Junior Representative Team, please email Hayley Storey at

Athlete Application for Selection - Junior Worlds 2016

Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) is looking for expressions of interest from athletes to compete in the 2016 Junior World Championships to be held in Mexico 2016.

Please refer to the attached document for further details.

Hayley Storey

Kyorugi Administrator

Applications for TNZ National Team Officials – 2016 Junior World Championships

TNZ is calling for interested applicants for following positions for the TNZ Junior National Representative Team to compete at the 2016 WTF Junior World Championships to be held in Mexico next May.

1)     Team Trainer

2)     Team Coach

3)     Team Manager

Please refer to the attached position description for each role.

For the positions of Team Coach and Trainer, the successful applicant will ideally be a New Zealand based minimum 3rd Dan Black Belt, holder of an OTU Coaching Accreditation and a current financial member of a TNZ member organisation who has an international and national record in either competing, coaching or training. The applicant will be able to demonstrate that he/she has recently coached or trained TNZ New Zealand based member athletes either nationally or internationally and has recently attended TNZ events and/or seminars. The applicant will also provide TNZ a breakdown and copies of any relevant educational, instructional or coaching qualifications to support his/her application and be willing to undergo a Police check if required. 

For the position of Team Manager, the successful applicant will ideally be a New Zealand based minimum 1st Dan Black Belt holder and a current financial member of a TNZ member organisation who preferably has an international and national record in effectively managing sports teams, ideally Taekwondo related. The applicant will be able to demonstrate that he/she has recently had experience in organising international team travel and accommodation and has attended TNZ events and/or seminars. The applicant will also provide TNZ a breakdown and copies of any relevant qualifications to support his/her application and be willing to undergo a Police check if required.

Needless to say, applicants for these roles will also need to have the free time and volunteer resource necessary to effectively operate in these positions and be able to work well alongside existing officials in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for our Junior Athletes.

Interested applicants should submit their CV with photo and return address, email and contact number by email to the TNZ Kyorugi Administrator by no later than 5pm 29th August;

 Applicants will be notified by return email should they be required to attend an interview or whether their application is not successful.



Hayley Storey
TNZ Kyorugi Administrator


Pacific Games Report


This was the first time New Zealand has been invited to these games. We went in a limited capacity with soccer, weightlifting and Taekwondo as the only sports represented by New Zealand. Our national New Zealand Taekwondo team consisted of:


  • Sean Wells                    Under 54kg  Bay of Plenty       
  • Vaughn Scott                Under 80kg   Auckland
  • Daffyd Sanders            Under 87kg   Auckland
  • Nic Dorman                   Over 87kg    Christchurch


  • Andrea Kilday               Under 46kg   Auckland
  • Rhiannon O’Neill            Under 62kg   Bay of Plenty
  • Zhanna Sattsaeva          Under 67kg  Gold Coast


Kesi O’Neill, Male Team
Gina Guo, Female Team

Team Manager
Tim Urquhart

We flew into Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on July 12th, temperature not as bad as expected but still in the high 20s so was good to have the week to adjust. We stayed at the athlete’s village in the Port Moresby University; the accommodation was comfortable with 2 people to a room. No air conditioning, but we made full use of the fans in the rooms. We were met by chef de mission from NZ Olympic Committee, Natalie Tong and NZ team doctor Mark Taylor and shown around facilities.

The week leading into competition consisted of traveling to the training venue, focussing on competition and meeting respective weight classes. The food at the village was very good. We soon learnt to avoid the cues which could sometimes stretch for 50 meters! The team had one outing before the competition which was a quick trip to the athletics stadium to watch the athletics sprint finals. The passion and pride in the PNG crowd was amazing, especially when the PNG golden girl Toea Wisil won the 100 metre finals.

The Taekwondo competition started with the females. Andrea Kilday had a close battle with Rosmary Tona from PNG to advance to the finals where she won gold against Deanna Kyriazopoulos of Australia in a golden point round, winning by 7 points to 4. This was a tough division with little separating the 3 women and promises an interesting Oceania’s Olympic Qualifier next year. Rhiannon had a great first up match against Stephanie Kombo of PNG, winning comfortably before succumbing to former world number one Carmen Martin of Australia to take silver. Zhanna Sattsaeva came up against rising star Noelyn Hetana of PNG in a straight final. Hetana had earlier beaten the Solomon Island contender and was full of confidence for the final. Zhanna’s result gave her the silver medal.

The males were up the next day which started with Sean Wells in the under 54kg. The day started well with a close win over Prasad from Fiji before falling to a dominant Bobby Willie of PNG in the semi-finals. Willie went on to win gold with Sean taking a bronze medal. Vaughn Scott had a strong first round win against Teavu Mu from Tahiti before coming up against Hayder Shkara of Australia. There was nothing between these two and they finished round 3 tied for points. In golden point Shkara was able to gain the first point resulting in a gold for one of the most exciting matches of the tournament, a rematch at the 2016 Oceania’s is on the cards. Vaughn took a silver medal for his efforts. Daffyd Sanders came up against Waldek Defaix of Tahiti who was probably the surprise package in the men’s division. Not through lack of effort Daffyd was unable to catch a quick scoring Defaix and took a bronze medal. Defaix went on to beat the top Australian Daniel Strafstrom to take the gold medal. Last up was Nic Dorman in the heavyweight division. Nics first fight against Karel Orthosie of New Caledonia was one of the best of the tournament. Spinning hooks, jumping spinning hooks and even a scorpion kick were landed by Nic and a great win was recorded. In the final he came up against current Oceania Champion Lioyd Hery of Tahiti, battling against a significant height and reach disadvantage, Nic competed well until the end but having to settle for a silver medal.

The closing ceremony at the Sir John Guise Athletics Stadium was a great event with plenty of music, speeches and fireworks, as well as the official passing over of the next Pacific Games to be held in Tonga in 2019. The New Zealand Taekwondo team did us proud winning medals and the only gold for the entire New Zealand contingent.

-Report by Tim Urquhart

Tournament Director Role Vacancy

Taekwondo New Zealand is calling for expressions of interest for the role of Tournament Director for the upcoming 2015 TNZ National Championships slated for October or November, and/or the 2016 TNZ Open scheduled for next March.

This is an excellent opportunity for you, your club or member organisation to step up, organise and host one or both of these two premiere events.

If you are interested please email the Secretary General at for further details.

Expressions of interest close 14th August 2015.

Pacific Games Gold – Andrea Kilday

Posted 20th June, 2015

Andrea Kilday has won Gold at the Pacific Games. Please see the following link for more story: -

Further updates on the team’s overall results will be posted shortly.