Three Taekwondo BUCS Championships took place over the last academic year. Overall, our team won 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.

Despite last-minute struggles with injury, transport and COVID, we managed to send a team of 6 to the first competition of the year in Nottingham, of which 2 were competing at their very first BUCS. Although one member of last year’s medal-winning synchronised Poomsae team graduated in 2022, our new trio of Lucy, Liana and Ethan still took Silver. We also medalled in arguably the most dramatic category of the day, with Dan winning his Sparring semi-final on a golden point (so rare that none of us had seen a match end this way before) and leaving his first BUCS with a silver medal.

Our greatest medal haul of the year came at the Winter Championships in February. A whopping 12 of us headed to Eastleigh with our head sparring coach Matt. With 6 new competitors, we had one more entry in each of the synchronised Poomsae categories and retained both our Silvers from last championships. Furthermore, after being unable to compete in Freestyle due to injury in Nottingham, Lucy took home the Freestyle Gold this time. Dan performed even better this time, winning a gold and a bronze in Sparring and Patterns respectively. Our 3rd Silver of the day was more ITF sparring success, this time for Amal. Finally, having only started Taekwondo this year, Jude ripped the competition to shreds and brought a Gold medal in sparring back to Cambridge.

Sadly, the final BUCS championships fell outside of Cambridge term time (and all the way in Cardiff), so we only managed to send Lucy and Dan – but they delivered, retaining both of their golds from last competition!

BUCS has been a real highlight for the club this year and we can’t wait to better our medal haul next year.

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