Aldershot Taekwon-Do members Laura Fox Longdon and Maxim Boyce-Davies were part of the 40-strong England International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) team that competed in the World Championships last week. England is now ranked 9th in the World ITF Taekwon-Do league table, the highest it has ever been.
Maxim Boyce-Davies was selected to represent the junior male team in both individual and team sparring events. Although missing out on the medals, Maxim gave an excellent account of himself, especially as it was his first international competition. This would be a daunting prospect for anyone, but coupled with the fact that this year’s Championship, with 1019 competitors, was the largest ever, meant that Maxim’s composure and performance was a great achievement.
Laura Fox Longdon achieved medal success with a silver in the individual sparring. Battling through to the final saw competition in the preliminary rounds with Canada and Hungary. A thrilling quarter final ensured, initially resulting in a draw with Argentina. However, in the extra minute, Laura won her place in the final, much to the relief of her coaches, including her instructor, Mr Paul Adams. Although ultimately losing out to the Polish Competitor who held the 2013 title, Laura was happy to get on the podium, especially as this is only the second year that she has been competing internationally.
In addition, Laura also competed in the team sparing events. The Senior Female England team beat the teams from both Argentina and Finland to secure a place in the semi-finals against Germany. Initially a draw, the competition went to an extra round and England narrowly lost to Germany in the last 30 seconds. However, the England ladies earned a bronze and gave Laura her second medal of the competition.