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36th Nationals Prove To Be SAFE Championships

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.

Safe

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!

Action-Packed

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.

Fun

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.

Exemplary

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:

Category Champions

Young Junior ( 1 )Female DivisionACME TKD
Young Junior ( 1 )Male   DivisionJ H KIM TKD Institute S’pore
Young Junior ( 2 )Female DivisionHenderson C C
Young Junior ( 2 )Male   DivisionACME TKD
JuniorFemale DivisionMacpherson C C
JuniorMale   DivisionAljunied C C
SeniorFemale DivisionACME TKD
SeniorMale   DivisionSingapore Polytechnic
YouthMale   DivisionLeng Kee TKD
Category Champions
Overall Champions 
ChampionACME TKD
1st Runner-UpLeng Kee TKD
2nd Runner-UpAljunied C C
Acme TKD
 Leng Kee TKD

 Aljunied CC

Awards

Awards   
BEST   FIGHTING   SPIRITNicholas Tang
BEST   FIGHTING   SPIRITCheong Tien Soh
BEST   PLAYER ( FEMALE )Joyce Lim
BEST   PLAYER ( MALE )Jason Tan
BEST CHEER TEAMLeng Kee TKD
MOST IMPROVED CLUBLeng Kee TKD
BEST COACHLim Hyun
BEST ROOKIE REFEREEChua Juan Juan
BEST REFEREEBen 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.

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