In a repeat of the Oceania’s finals Central Olympic’s Dafydd Sanders, 24 won the glamour fight in the heavyweight final of the Taekwondo New Zealand black belt championships, held at Avondale College over the weekend, the premier domestic event for the sport in the country.
Sanders beat his New Zealand team-mate and fellow Aucklander Michael Marsh 12-6 for the title. Both athletes will be representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth Champs in Winipeg , Canada next month.
Team-mate Nic Dorman from Christchurch had a classy 11-4 win in the middleweight final over Gabriel Abreu of Victoria University, a good warm up for Canada.
Hutt Valley’s Hayley Schofield, 18 another Commonwealth Champs representative, was impressive with a 7-0 win in the first round over Kayla Cronin. Former Cantab, now North Harbour resident, Andrea Kilday was equally impressive, with an easy seven point win over Christina Huang.
After a busy year, Olympians Logan Campbell and Robyn Cheong did not take part as athletes, but coached four competitors to gold medals between them.
Another international fighter but not competing in Canada, Melanie Maurice upset Diana Kasad for the bantamweight title. Auckland’s Jane Ma won the featherweight division, while Upper Hutt’s Tracey Coleman took the lightweight title.
Vaughn Scott, Sejong, was too good for Christchurch’s Alan Brian in the men’s lightweight division while Christchurch’s Danny Cartlidge won the welterweight division.
Desmond Allen from Sejong won the flyweight final and Karori’s Malcolm Tester won the bantamweight title.
Auckland’s Vivienne Fountain and Ace’s Peter Woon won the female and male poomsae gold medals, respectively.
TNZ Black belt nationals:
Bantamweight. Malcolm Tester (Karori) 1, Damien Nam (Sejong, Auckland) 2.
Flyweight. Desmond Allen (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Sol Bae (Sejong, Auckland) 2.
Lightweight. Vaughn Scott (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Alan Brian (Christchurch Olympic) 2, Alex Rings (Palmerston North) 3.
Welterweight. Danny Cartlidge (Christchurch) 1, Matthias Danninger (Christchurch) 2, Nigel Friend (Christchurch) 3.
Middleweight. Nic Dorman (Christchurch) 1, Gabriel Abeu (Victoria University) 2, Leif Remes (Titirangi) 3.
Heavyweight. Dafydd Sanders (Central Olympic, Auckland) 1, Micheal Marsh (Auckland) 2, Yofan Jin (Ace, Auckland) 3.
Finweight. Andrea Kilday (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Christina Huang (Ace, Auckland) 2.
Bantamweight. Melanie Maurice (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Diana Kasad (Auckland) 2.
Featherweight. Jane Ma (Auckland) 1, Elaine Davies (Titirangi) 2.
Lightweight. Tracey Coleman (Upper Hutt) 1, Rebecca Ma (Auckland) 2.
Mid/Heavy. Haley Schofield (Hutt Valley) 1, Kayla Cronin (Waiotahe, BOP) 2.
Veteran male heavyweight. Mark Tester (Karori) 1, Karl Warren (Han Lee, Rotorua) 2, Murray Steele (Karori) 3.
U45kg Josh Lamb (Green Island) 1, Lachlan McKenzie (Auckland) 2.
Welterweight. Malcolm Holmes (Titirangi) 1, Don Li (Kumgang) 2, Yeong Kim (Ace,) 3.
Flyweight. Randy Xavier (Ace, Auckland) 1, Mark Tee (Auckland) 2, Sung Hwan Shin (Sejong, Auckland) 3.
Featherweight. Vinay Reddy (Sun Do) 1, Sungmin Ha (Ace, Auckland) 2, Chris Casey (Christchurch Olympic) 3.
Light middleweight. Fraser McConnell (Auckland) 1, Amir Ansari (Sejong, Auckland)2, Raymond Qui (Auckland) 3.
Light heavyweight. Cody Jeffrey (Green Island) 1, Liam Stewart (Blenheim) 2, Joyoung Oh (Han Lee, Rotorua) 3.
Lightweight. Hetal Shukla (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Alexandrea Van Kampen ( Central Olympic) 2.
Welterweight. Sonja Grubmayr (Sejong, Auckland) 1, Mona Barzandeh (Sejong, Auckland) 2.
Middleweight. Charlotte Faulkner (Titirangi) 1, Apinaiya Sivakumar (Se Jong, Auckland) 2, Emma Burnip (New Brighton) 3.
59-63kg. Hannah Emson (Titirangi) 1, Lyteshar Drewery (Hawera) 2.
Light-heavyweight. Tneal Wilson (Blenheim) 1, Waimareia Sullivan (Waiotahe, BOP) 2.
Male 1 20-30 yrs. Peter Woon (Ace, Auckland) 1, Soo-heo Alex Ahn 2, Gabriel Abreu (Victoria University) 3.
Male 2 31-40 yrs. Stuart Thomas (Han Lee, Rotorua) 1, Karl Warren (Han Lee, Rotorua) 2.
Female. Vivienne Fountain(Auckland) 1, Marlies Nieuwstraten (Victoria University) 2.