Samson martial artists return from Taekwondo Nationals with swag of medals


From the left, Bradley Reeby (11), Matthew Summerfield (11), Diaz Gizzarone (11), Alli Nokes (12), coach Steele French, Baxter Poulson (11), Louis Poulson (9) and Kade Gizzarone (13).
From the left, Bradley Reeby (11), Matthew Summerfield (11), Diaz Gizzarone (11), Alli Nokes (12), coach Steele French, Baxter Poulson (11), Louis Poulson (9) and Kade Gizzarone (13).

SEVEN local students arrived at the National Taekwondo Championships in Bendigo empty handed, but returned to Samson with a haul of four medals.

Included in that tally were three gold medals, after French’s Martial Arts’ Diaz Gizzarone, Baxter Poulson and Matthew Summerfield (all 11) took out their respective competitions, while nine-year-old Louis Poulson won bronze.

Looking to add to their tally, the young students are now all in preparation for the CK International Classic Taekwondo Championships in Malaysia this month.

A club representative said the event would have competitors from all over the world.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the world’s best and they are looking forward to what experiences it will bring,” she said.