Raiders Taekwondo led by coaches, Mr Polo Teo and Ms Koh Poh Ling, fielded 2 players for the 3rd USM-Kelantan International Open Taekwondo 2013 held on 14 to 16 November 2013 in Kelantan Malaysia. They were 10-year old Joshiah Tan and 14-year old Jaden Lim. The team was supported by Mr Alan Lim and Ms Ang Leng Kee.
Here is a brief report from Ms Koh:
“Raiders decided to participate in the event to provide exposure for two of our most promising players. And we were glad we did.
It was an eye opener for them. They impressed with the speed and strength of the other players. Nevertheless, they were not overwhelmed.
Joshiah fought his way to a bronze medal in the under 28kg category for 10-13 years old. He earned a place in the semi-finals by beating his aggressive opponent 4-1. His progress to the final was stopped by an experienced opponent who capitalized on Joshiah’s unfamiliarity with the head kick rule.
Our other player, Jaden, also gave of his best. However, it was not enough for him to overcome his crafty Malaysian opponent in his opening match. The match saw many exciting exchanges with Jaden displaying sparks of brilliance which I was proud of.
Both players returned richer in experience which, we believe, will serve them well in their future exploits in the arena.
Raiders would like to thank the Singapore Taekwondo Federation for the opportunity and support. The trip had certainly enriched the experience of the two boys. For which, they and their parents were also grateful.”