Quest Boston athlete Bradley 10, who has Cerebal Palsy, today helped his team to victory at the annual Quest Games. The Quest Games is an annual event which brings all Quest clubs together for a fun day of competitive Taekwondo.
Competing athletes get a chance to demonstrate their skills to younger members and parents, as well as gaining valuable experience from each other. The Games are also often a first taste of competition for our younger members. This year’s event also raised valuable funds for 2 Quest athletes who have been selected to compete for Great Britain.
Bradley was required to perform a Taekwondo Pattern of his choice, undertake fitness assessments, and compete in sparring against other athletes. His cumulative score would determine his individual achievement and Bradley claimed a silver medal for himself. His score was then combined with his team members and helped contribute to his team (which we call ‘Districts’ in line with The Games theme), claiming overall victory to become Quest Games 2015 Overall Champions.
As you can see, District Leader Jason Featherstone was a gracious victor! At the end of June 2015 Jason, along with fellow Coach Richard Ullyott, completed the Para Taekwondo Coaching Course in Manchester. Jason has 3 members with disability at his club in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Their completion of the course was timely as Para-Taekwondo has been much at a forefront of Taekwondo news in recent months. The end of July 2015 saw the Registration for the 6th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships officially open. According to the WTF website, record attendance is expected following the dramatic increase in global participation and successful inclusion on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games sports programme. They state, “as part of the WTF’s commitment to making para-taekwondo as fair and accessible as possible, the Championships will include para-taekwondo poomsae competitions for athletes with neurological impairment (P30 classes) for the very first time.
Yesterday Francesca Pivaro won the first gold medal of the CPISRA (Cerebal Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association) World Games 2015, where she competed in the first ever P30 Classification Para-Taekwondo Championships held in Nottingham, UK.
Well done to Bradley, Jason and the Blue District victors at The 2015 Quest Games!