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TNZ Nationals 2012

27 Oct. 2012 Posted by Garry Carpenter


For the 2012 event, Taekwondo New Zealand expanded it’s National Championships to include colour belt competitors for the very first time and also ran a Jumping Kick competition. The volume of entrants, 480 competitors, competing on four mats proved that these additional competitions added to a bigger and more successful event than previous years. Another notable change of equal significance was the new venue, the North Shore Events Centre which was a fantastic facility to hold a tournament of this size. With a larger floor space, over 1000 spectator seats (with room to expand further), and loads of car parking, TNZ will look to hold future events at this venue.
From an event management perspective, the efforts of the volunteer-officials on the day exceeded expectations. With WTF International Referees operating the Black Belt Kyorugi mat and TNZ certified Referees on the colour belt competition mats, the fighting competitions moved along very well. The Poomsae competition mat was officiated by WTF International Judges. This added a new level of consistency in the judging of our Poomsae athletes, which in turn has helped raise the standard of competition.
As for the overall event, the Coaches and Athletes are to be congratulated for their exemplary behaviour, sportsmanship and efforts, both on and off the mats. This was the largest event ever held solely for New Zealand competitors.128 Poomsae performances and 245 sparring matches. And all held in one day!
The event served the dual purpose of both the TNZ Nationals and selection event for the 2012 Oceania Championships. The day began for the set up crew at 5.30am, and finished for the pack up crew at 9.30pm.
Highlights for the day were:
• WTF International Judges and Referees officiating across all divisions.
• The exciting skill level shown in the Black Belt divisions.
• The improved skill of the junior colour belts.
• The high number of Poomsae competitors and the improved standard.
New Zealand WTF Taekwondo just keeps getting better, and it all starts at the grass roots level with our athletes being exposed to the best competition from around the country.
Taekwondo New Zealand would like to say a big thank you to all the athletes, volunteers and officials for your participation and contribution to this successful event. The next Taekwondo New Zealand event will be the 2013 TNZ Open to be held again at the North Shore Events Centre on 27th APRIL. This is the middle week of the April school holidays. We look forward to welcoming you all there.