On the weekend of the 10th and 11th March 2018, the University of Birmingham Taekwondo Club competed at the 32nd Student National Taekwondo Championships at the University of Worcester Arena, in both sparring and patterns.
The team consisted of Ismael Coulibaly, Osanne Gbayere, Mark Elliot, Tom O’Sullivan, Joshua Munday, Antony Duff, Taran Chahal and Miles Dabbs. The team were coached by Hamid Ghayoorzadeh, Lee Bryan and Tom Hughes.
All of the Birmingham competitors fought extremely well to earn four medals. After an intense first fight ending in a sudden death round, Ismael Coulibaly subsequently sailed through his remaining fights to win Gold! Mark Elliot won an impressive two fights despite sustaining an early back injury, which eventually cost him his last fight to leave him with a hard-earned Silver medal. Osanne Gbayere proved his skill by earning his second Gold medal this term, having had his first taste of victory one month ago at the Lion’s Cup. Tom O’Sullivan had some great fights over the weekend and managed to add a Bronze to the team’s medal haul.
“Our team have made us so proud. We’ll be back even stronger next time!”
– Club Captain, Mahisa Arain.