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Superb medal haul sealed in Birmingham

Matthew Kelly, Megan McGlone, Patrick McCabe, Rebecca Hughes and Niamh Conlan celebrate their medal wins.

THE Northern Ireland Tae Kwon Do squad, with strong representation from Eskra, Ballygawley and Fintona Tae Kwon Do clubs, have arrived home from the World Championships in Birmingham with an incredible number of medals – five gold, one Silver and 13 bronze.

The martial artists who were competing for the first time at this level put in some epic performances and showed no end of grit, determination and indomitable spirit in each and every category!

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Assistant coach Martin O’Hare was full of praise for his young squad: “It’s hard to comprehend the gravity and magnitude of what our team 
managed to achieve this weekend. “The majority of our squad are between 8 and 16 years old… so to walk into an arena packed with thousands of competitors and spectators was a daunting experience for them.

“They showed tremendous strength of character, spirit and skill to be able to perform so admirably against seasoned competitors from more established TKD nations such as USA, Poland and England.

“They have provided their families and clubs with memories that we will all cherish.

“We are extremely proud of them, and see this as the beginning of something very special for our sport in this area.”

• For more information on the local club, visit TKD Tyrone on Facebook.

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