Looking back, we can say that we had a busy year. And what a year it was with so many happenings which, we believe, our members had enjoyed and benefited.
During the period of review, we organized 25 courses, seminars and workshops. It is a record number of programmes in the history of the organization. What’s more, the activities were well-attended and 6 of them were held for the first time. The new activities were
- Unarmed Combat Programme
- Poomsae Coach Course
- Poomsae Referee Course
- Sparring Programme
- Competitive Sparring Workshop (organized by the Lady Committee which was formed in February 2007)
- JUMP Workshop
Besides educational programmes, our calendar was filled with numerous tournaments – 11 to be exact. 4 were new. They were
- Presbyterian High Challenge Cup
- 1st NationalInter-JuniorCollege Taekwondo Poomsae Championships
- 1st National Taekwondo Poomsae Taekwondo Championships
- People’s Association-Singapore Taekwondo Federation Taekwondo Championships
While all the tournaments were well-organized, the 1st National Inter-Junior College Taekwondo Poomsae Championships and People’s Association-Singapore Taekwondo Federation Taekwondo Championships stood out – the former for its outstanding sportsmanship and tremendous atmosphere and the latter for its significance as an event for community bonding.
The year also saw us introduce a new training scheme for junior players. The scheme, STF-Tampines North CC Junior Training Scheme, kicked off with 35 players. Seven months into the programme, we can see improvements in the standard of the participants.
The icing on the cake for the Federation was no doubt the taekwondo programme specially designed for children with cancer at Assisi Hospice. Although the primary objectives of the programmes are to put life in their years and years in their lives, the children defied all odds to give two spectacular demonstrations and win top honours at the 1st National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. The Management Committee is glad that its decision to initiate the programme has been vindicated.
Has the Federation arrived? No. We have come a long way since the trying year of 2003/2004. But we certainly have a lot more to do and achieve. There is no secret as to how the Federation can go from strength to strength. We have to continue to walk our talk together.
Thank you for being part of the team which helps rebuild the organization.