Quartet return with silverware from world event

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A quartet of fighters from Stamford and Oakham Tae Kwon Do clubs returned from the World Championships with medals

Coach Richard Auciello, Claudia Lee and Bourne sisters Amelia and Francesca Gardner all took podium positions at the SkyDome Arena in Coventry.

Almost 3,000 competitors from 15 countries took part in full contact and semi-contact TawKwon Do at the three-day event last weekend.

It was the first time that instructor Richard Auciello had competed since 2000 and he was giving away 19 years to some of his competitors. But experience triumphed over youth as he took gold in the power breaking category.

He is now preparing for the UITF World Open Games which will take place in London next month.

Amelia, 12, and Francesca Gardner, 13, from Bourne returned with medals from their first international event, taking a silver and bronze in the U16 yellow belt up to 168cms category.

The sisters fought several rounds of sparring before meeting each other in the semi final when Amelia evened up the family count after losing to her sister at a previous competition.

She only narrowly lost her final against a Russian fighter 10cm taller and three years older.

The sisters then joined amember of the Rubery club in a three-person tag team event and came away with Silver medals.

Luffenham’s Claudia Lee, entering her first international competition as coloured belt, took bronze in the adult coloured belt sparring.

Oakhams Alex Bland, Marcus Francis and William Cavalec all performed well in patterns and sparring, and Stamfords Jonathan Mills, Jessica Auciello, Luke Toomey, Rimini Auciello and Liam Watkinson all put in brilliant performances in what was, for many, their first International competition.

Four members of the club were also selected to represent GTUK England in the international team event with Emily Reeson, as ladies captain. Sam Berridge, Jo Auciello and Steve Marshall also represented the country.

l The club trains at Oakham’s Catmose Sport Centre. For details call 07771 865373.