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Our Team Taya Athletes Aaditya Kadam (Junior under 45 kgs) and Ysabella Querubin (Cadet under 41 kgs) fought hard and lost to experienced opponents at the Belgium Open. Aaditya lost to the eventual Gold Medallist from Belarus with a score of 1-26 and Ysabella lost to the Quarter Finalist from France with a score of 3-15. This experience has given them significant insights into high international taekwondo competition standards and should assist with their further growth and maturity as developing elite athletes.  

It is with pride and joy to have two of our developing athletes Junior under 45 kgs Aaditya Kadam and Cadet under 41 kgs Ysabella Querubin travel to Europe to compete at the Dutch Open held in Eindhoven, Netherlands from March 10-11 and Belgium Open held in Lommel, Belgium from March 17-18, 2018.

They both fought very well against more experienced opponents at the Dutch Open. Aaditya was a member of the Australian Junior Team following his Silver Medal result at the National Team Selections in February. Aaditya just fell short with a score of 21-23 against Netherlands and could have won the preliminary round if not for two gamgeoms in the first round and lapses in the second round but had a strong finish on the third round. The Dutch Open was the Qualifying Event for the Australian Junior Team for the European President's Cup and requires a Podium Result or Quarter Finals finish to be eligible.  

Ysabella started strong against Spain but found the one minute three rounds very quick to execute her game plan and finished with a score of 5-9. The experience they gained and lessons learned will assist them in their preparation for the Belgium Open next weekend.

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Team Taya travelled to Bendigo, Victoria for the Australian National Championships last 6-8 October 2017 bringing home a tally of 12 medals from our 12 athletes:

6 Gold Medals and National Champions - In Sparring: Ysabella Querubin, Kiara Fleming, Heaven Alvarez, Diego Querubin, Saachi Sharma, In Poomsae: Chelsea Gomez

3 Silver Medals - All in Sparring: Connor Fleming, Aaditya Kadam, Chelsea Gomez

3 Bronze Medals - In Sparring: Arjun Bhandari, In Poomsae: Saanvi Sharma and Charlize Blissett

Our poomsae girls have achieved personal bests with their overall scores at their first Nationals. Our sparring athletes have fought hard with mixed results - 5 came home as National Champions and 4 lost their matches but learned a lot from the experience which will only make them stronger and wiser.

Overall a fantastic result for Team Taya!  The team and their families all enjoyed the team BBQ dinners at the poolside of the All Seasons Hotel where the team stayed for the duration of the 3-day event and had memorable experiences. Thank you to the parents for your loud cheering, support and encouragement. Well done Team Taya!!!

Click link to the video capturing the wonderful memories of this trip at https://vimeo.com/238353401.

Congratulations to Team Taya for a strong performance at the last NSW State Championships held on 19 November 2017 bringing home a total of 16 medals:

Sparring - 10 Golds, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronzes

Poomsae - 1 Gold, 1 Silver

Notable performances are our three black belt cadets Connor Fleming, Aaditya Kadam and Ysabella Querubin winning in significant point gaps and executing good techniques and our sparring double gold medalists Shreyas Gurelli and Chelsea Gomez (Not in photo - Ayaan Shetty).

Well done Team Taya!!!

Congratulations to Team Taya for a strong performance at the Sydney Taekwondo Championships held last 10 September 2017 at Blacktown Leisure Centre bringing home a collective tally of 19 medals from our 15 athletes -

Sparring - 9 Golds, 6 Silvers, 4 Bronzes

Poomsae - 1 Gold, 1 Silver

Notable performances at the competition are double gold medalist Sofia Querubin, and champions Ysabella Querubin, Kiara Fleming, Shreyas Gurelli, Aarav Kadam, Audrey Ombina and our first timers Saanvi Sharma and Aleena Moyler winning at their first competition