Five are coach’s pride

Rodney Hartmann, Alana Broomer, Tiala Skey, LarnieHenness and Jamie Gaymer made their mark in competition.
Rodney Hartmann, Alana Broomer, Tiala Skey, LarnieHenness and Jamie Gaymer made their mark in competition.

Coach Anita Tippet took a team of five to compete at the event in Melbourne, which also hosted a number of the world�s top ranked players and contributed to their points tally to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jamie Gaymer (19) competed in the 87kg and over Heavy division and came up against a Russia competitor who is ranked eighth in the world.

Despite fighting gallantly, Gaymer was unable to overcome his highly ranked opponent.

Under-18 competitors Rodney Hartmann and Larnie Henness both competed in the 55kg and under divisions, with Hartmann losing his bout to his Victorian opponent.

Henness won her first bout but lost her second, which was still enough to claim the bronze medal, while cadet athletes Tiala Skey and Alana Broomer both came home with medals; Skey with silver and Broomer with bronze.

Skey also performed in the under-17 Freestyle Poomsae division, which demonstrates a combination of Taekwondo and acrobatic skills, and won gold.

Coach Tippet said she was extremely proud of her team. �They are all young and the experience of seeing world level of taekwondo players at this event was priceless for them.�