Austrian Open Championships 2014
Quest took a team to compete at the Austrian Open on the 31st May/1st June. Significantly cheaper flights, and the opportunity for a bit of team rest and relaxation, gave us the opportunity to travel out early Wednesday morning. All travel arrangements went smoothly due to Ian Donoghue’s expert planning, and the superb minibuses had plenty of capacity for much more luggage than was really required (Jacob Barnett!).
The weather was forecasting constant rain throughout our stay, but we were fortunate and enjoyed glorious warm and fair conditions. This allowed us to explore the area and also fit in several overly-competitive games of volley ball and a BBQ.
Following a successful weigh-in with everyone making their weight, we prepared for the next day by re-fuelling and early nights all around. Mike McKenzie has provided a report of the Team’s Performances at the event:
Luke Jones won 2 very tough matches losing in the 1/8 to eventual winner by 1 point. Was very frustrating as really lost on Kyongos - not sure of the IRs interpretation of the new rules. Good strong performance.
Daniel Moody played an awkward front leg player (like himself - an awkward front leg player!) Daniel didn't seem to step up like he is capable of and lost first match. Good learning especially about pre-match preparation.
Megan Featherstone first competed at this event last year and has undergone an amazing transformation. She was winning most of her match against a taller strong opponent and playing really well. A dubious headshot changed the match in the closing moments and meant Megan had to chase to try to get it back. She gave an excellent account of herself and I was very pleased.
Jacob Barnett showed world class in his first two matches winning athletes from Latvia and Germany. His third match was against a local man who has got the better of Jake before. Jake started really well and dominated the first round and a half. The Austrian came back into it in the latter stages of the game and enjoyed a home advantage with 2 punches scoring. It wasn't Jake's day which was very frustrating as he had looked on course to medal. Still only six months as a senior Jake is continuing to progress.
Well done to Shaun of Wigan Taekwondo who won his first ever international match.
Thanks to parents and supporters especially Matthew Jones who drove one of the minibuses and Ian Donoghue for making the arrangements. All in all it was a great trip and unforgettable experience. Next year - Medals!