10 competitors from Vision Taekwon-Do Association took part in the 5th Taekwon-Do World Cup that took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica between the 26th and 31st August, returning with a haul of 14 medals and 6 members now being World Cup champions.
VTA Chairman Mr Philip Lear took a small team of 10 competitors to the 5th edition of the Taekwon-Do World Cup in Jamaica with just under 700 competitors from 30 countries taking part. The team of competitors were Daniel and Tim Lobley, Katinka Blauw, Chorlene Biron-Monnier, Alan Soutar, Gavin Wallace, Ed Weston, William Shepperson, Otis Waghorn and also Mr Philip Lear. Matt Weston also attended as a coach.
The team performed at a very high standard with every member returning with at least one medal across three disciplines: Sparring, Pattern and Special Technique (flying kicks).
Otis Waghorn won two bronze medals, one in pattern and one in special technique and William Shepperson won a bronze in his sparring category under 52kgs. They were both in the 12-14yrs colour belt category. Ed Weston fought his way into the final of the lightweight sparring, just losing out to the competitor from Jamaica to take a very well earned Silver in the 15-17yrs colour belt sparring. Alan Soutar won a bronze in pattern and in sparring in the 36-45yrs colour belt category and Gavin Wallace won a superb Gold in the 18-35yrs colour belt sparring category. Chorlene Biron-Monnier won a silver in the pattern and another Gold for the club in the 12-14yrs female micro weight sparring. Both Dan Lobley and Tim Lobley had to wait until the last day of competition to win their medals as they were part of a team that own silver in team sparring and a Gold in team pattern in the Black Belt male 15-17yrs category. Uckfield TKD instructor Katinka Blauw won silver in sparring and a Gold in pattern repeating the same feat from the World Cup in 2008 in the 46yrs+ category and finally Crowborough instructor Philip Lear won a silver medal in pattern losing out to the current European Champion and won Gold in the +78kgs Black Belt sparring division against 1 swede, 1 Paraguayan and 3 Argentinians to take the World Cup title in the 36-45yrs category, the same one he took back in 2008 in Italy.
The team were able to compete in Jamaica thanks to sponsorship from Air Conditioning Environmental Services and funds raised by the non profit group Friends of Vision Academy. The training venue for the team was also supplied by sponsors Freedom Leisure Crowborough.
Vision TKD teamed up with the PUMA and Warrior teams so that they could have a junior male team. The total from the team was 9 Gold, 10 Silver and 10 Bronze placing the PUMA Vision Warrior team 4th overall, a great achievement.