More than 1,300 participants from 39 clubs congregated at the Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall on 25 and 26 June 2011 to stake their claims on the numerous titles at stake.
The event: National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 2011.
The annual tournament proved to be exciting and attractive to the competitors. They enjoyed the competitive atmosphere and performed their best to impress the judges. The pressure of the competition saw some of the participants fumble where many others performing better than expected.
There were some heart-stopping moments. When Eugene Selva Rasaiah (Induk TKD) and Ng Wei Liang (Assisi Hospice), both with disadvantages, there were complete silence. The spectators were rooting for them to complete the set movements. You could hear a pin drop with every step Eugene and Wei Liang made. When they took their last step, it was greeted by thunderous applause. Evidently, the spectators were delighted and relieved that both of them made it with determination and courage. For that, the two participants were awarded the ‘Fighting Spirit’ Award.
The third fighting spirit award was presented to 75-year old Johnny Ang. Johnny showed that age was of no barrier to his will to compete. His performance had indeed shamed many of the younger exponents who did not have the guts to step into the arena.
The Singapore Taekwondo Federation would like to put on record its appreciation to all officials, club leaders, parents, participants and spectators for their support which had resulted in another memorable championship.
The results of the competition are enclosed.