The 36th Pesta Sukan National Taekwondo Championships held over two weekends – 29 and 30 August and 5 and 6 September 2009 – turned out to be a SAFE championships. SAFE is an acronym for Safe, Action-Packed, Fun and Exemplary.
Except for minor bruises, the four-day tournament participated by exponents from 6 years old to 50 years old had no safety issue at all. It was conducted smoothly and safely under the watchful eyes of one doctor, one nurse and numerous paramedics and medics. There were also two standby ambulances. Nevertheless, the organizers were delighted that their services were almost not required.
The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) is proud to maintain its safety record for 36 years!
There were non-stop actions throughout the event. Contestants tried to better each other with numerous electrifying flamboyant kicks and punches and some exciting tactics and strategies. There was never a dull moment as the supports cheered themselves hoarse. While the players entertained, the cheer teams pushed them on.
Everybody at the championships contributed to make the event enjoyable. The referees did a fabulous job. The schedule went like clockwork. The display of sportsmanship by players and coaches was simply outstanding. The job of the tournament officials and assistants was made so much easier with the co-operation of club officials.
The championships are a dream to many tournament organizers. The competition was not only well run but also well supported by volunteers. For the first time in the history of the STF, referees, coaches and players were seen helping to remove the mats after the event. It was indeed and excellent example of the taekwondo spirit which the STF is encouraging and promoting.
This article will not be complete if we do not mention the outstanding performers in the championships. They are as follows:
|Young Junior ( 1 )||Female Division||ACME TKD|
|Young Junior ( 1 )||Male Division||J H KIM TKD Institute S’pore|
|Young Junior ( 2 )||Female Division||Henderson C C|
|Young Junior ( 2 )||Male Division||ACME TKD|
|Junior||Female Division||Macpherson C C|
|Junior||Male Division||Aljunied C C|
|Senior||Female Division||ACME TKD|
|Senior||Male Division||Singapore Polytechnic|
|Youth||Male Division||Leng Kee TKD|
|1st Runner-Up||Leng Kee TKD|
|2nd Runner-Up||Aljunied C C|
|BEST FIGHTING SPIRIT||Nicholas Tang|
|BEST FIGHTING SPIRIT||Cheong Tien Soh|
|BEST PLAYER ( FEMALE )||Joyce Lim|
|BEST PLAYER ( MALE )||Jason Tan|
|BEST CHEER TEAM||Leng Kee TKD|
|MOST IMPROVED CLUB||Leng Kee TKD|
|BEST COACH||Lim Hyun|
|BEST ROOKIE REFEREE||Chua Juan Juan|
|BEST REFEREE||Ben Chong|
Please see attached for detailed results.
The STF would like to put on record its appreciation to the following for making the championships a resounding success.
- the club leaders and coaches for supporting the event;
- the players for displaying outstanding sportsmanship;
- the parents, spectators and cheer teams for creating the tournament atmosphere;
- the referees for their fair judgment and amazing teamwork;
- the volunteer for providing an invaluable service; and
- the tournament chairman and his hardworking team for ensuring the efficient and effective conduct of the event.