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The British Open A-Class international saw Scorpions competing again on the international stage. Over 67 Teams took part at this International with over 800 competitors from all over the World including the very impressive Iranian Team.

One of the best International weekends for The Scorpion Team saw Scorpions bring home 3 gold medals and 1 silver and winning another Team Trophy the only British Team to do so. Scorpions had 11 players competing altogether with Scorpion club mate Aaron Cook also competing for the Great Britain National Team.

3 Golds!

3 Scorpion Gold Medal winners (Caroline Fisher, Jenna Evans & Kieran Burke)

Saturday saw the 1st GOLD medal won by junior female Jenna Evans in the -63kgs division. The only Junior female from Britain to win Gold over the weekend, Jenna defeated Nicole Handschuh of Germany 8-1 setting up a semi-final with spitfires Sarah Linnell-stocks, Jenna won through to the final after winning her semi-final on golden point after drawing 11-11. Jenna then faced Kayleigh Wray of Ultimate Tkd in the final where she dominated throughout with a number of head shots not scored won the final 8-5 and became BELGIUM OPEN CHAMPION for the 1st time, well done Jenna!

Saturday also saw Scott Atkinson compete at senior level for the 1st time, Scott still 17yrs but senior by year of birth competed in the male -54kgs. Scott lost a very close match 4-5 to his opponent from Denmark. Paul Glen (senior male -62kgs) was unfortunate to face the brilliant Iranian Team and lost by 7 point gap, another -62kgs player, Scott Sutherill was defeated 1-3 against Poland in his 1st match. Jason Playford again in the same division won his 1st match on golden point against Germany before losing his 2nd match against Sweden eventual Bronze medallist in the division where he broke his arm. Daryl Stokes continued to win matches in the senior male -84kgs; defeating his Moroccan opponent 6-3 he then beat France 5-4 before losing a very close quarter final against Poland's Adrian Murawka 7-9.

Sunday saw 2 more Scorpions win GOLD (Kieran Burke & Caroline Fisher) and Aaron Cook also win silver for the National Team.
Kieran Burke competed again the junior male -55kgs and was in fantastic form winning GOLD for the 1st time at an A-Class international. Kieran won 4 matches defeating his 1st opponent from Germany 8-1; he then won his 2nd match 10-8 against his Croatian opponent to win through to the semi-final where he won a close match against Nicolas Poli of Belgium 4-3 who defeated fellow Brit John Steele 9-2 in the preliminary's. Kieran was then in his first A-Class international final where he faced the very talented player from the Polish National Team Eryk Rodzik, The Polish player defeated Kanghans Mitch Frizelle in the semi-final 7-0 and also beat Fusion player George Lee by K.O in the prelims. However these results did not affect Kieran as he won his final 5-4 and became BELGIUM OPEN CHAMPION for the 1st time. Well done Kieran!

Kieran on the podium collecting his Gold medal

 Saturday got even better with another GOLD medal won by Caroline Fisher in the senior female -51kgs. Caroline a winner of the Belgium Open in previous years won again in style winning 4 matches. Caz received the bye in the 1st round a faced either Belgium or the Danish National Team. The Danish girl won and faced Caz in the next round; Caroline dominated the match and defeated Charlotte Bjelke 6-1. Caroline then faced Holland and won the match again with ease 6-0. Caz then was into the semi-final where she would face either British Team player Louise Mair or Dutch Open Champion from Israel Ania Mirkin. Ania Mirkin defeated Louise Mair to set up a match with Caz in the semi-final. Caroline was in top form and defeated the Dutch Open Champion 6-4 for her place in the final. Caz won GOLD and became BELGIUM OPEN CHAMPION in devastating fashion winning 7-0! In the final and totally outclassing her Croatian Opponent! Well done Caz!

Caroline receiving her Gold medal on the podium

Another medal won by a scorpion player was won by Aaron Cook who was competing for the Great Britain National Team. Aaron had an amazing 6 matches winning Silver at another A-Class international. Aaron Faced Belgium 1st match where he won comfortably 7-0. He then faced Marko Gavrani of the Croatian National Team and again won with ease with another 7 point gap 8-1. He then had a harder quarter final match where he faced Piotr Pazinski of the Polish National Team who won Bronze at the German Open this year, the match was exciting and Aaron won 12-10. Aaron was then in the semi - final against one of the very impressive Iran Team, Aaron won a very close match against the Iranian Bezhad Eilkhani Junior World Champion at -73kgs where Aaron also won the weight above, The Iranian also took the Best Athlete award at the Championships, Aaron set that score right winning the Iranian 12-11. He then faced another Iranian in the final Mehran Askari who won the 1st BTCB International in Manchester last year after a very tight match Aaron lost 11-12, SILVER for Aaron and another A-Class international medal. Well done Az!

Aaron on the podium receiving his medal

Other results from Sunday saw Steven Turner in action in the senior male -58kgs, Steve won his 1st match 2-1 against his Belgian Opponent before facing the eventual silver medallist from Iran. James Tully competed in the senior male -67kgs where he also won his 1st match 8-1 before losing his 2nd match 1-5 against his Dutch Opponent. Luke Hudson was in his 1st senior male Heavy weight match at International level and lost 9-2.

More fantastic news was that Scorpions also won another TEAM Trophy this time at international level. Scorpions were awarded the 2nd placed Team Trophy for club Teams only coming behind the Catalan Taekwondo Region from Spain by 1 point a regional team who had 20 players enter to Scorpions 11. Scorpions also placed 4th overall only coming behind the Spanish Region, Polish National Team and the Iranian National Team. A Fantastic achievement.

Team 2nd

Peter Adamsons Coach of Scorpion Tkd on the Podium receiving the 2nd Placed Team Trophy

Well done to ALL the Team!


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