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Australian Taekwondo Talk
Australian Taekwondo Talk
Sep 15, 2020
Sydney Olympic Commemoration Part 3 - Daniel Trenton
The Silver Bullet. Twenty years ago, Sydney hosted the Olympic Games down under and Taekwondo was a medal sport for the very first time. In this series, we will meet every fighter who wore the green and gold at that historic event, re-visit that golden era for the sport in Australia and find out what life is like two decades on. In Part 3: Daniel Trenton. Daniel won silver in the heavyweight (80 kg) class at Sydney 2000. Trenton comfortably accounted for his opponents in his three preliminary bouts but was defeated in the final by Kim Kyong-Hun of Korea. Daniel also represented at the 2004 Athens Games and was Australian head coach in Beijing in 2008.
Sep 8, 2020
Sydney Olympic Commemoration Part 2 - Lisa O’Keefe, Cynthia Moir (nee Cameron) and Tanya White
The Reunion of the Sisterhood. Twenty years ago, Sydney hosted the Olympic Games down under and Taekwondo was a medal sport for the very first time. In this series, we will meet every fighter who wore the green and gold at that historic event, re-visit that golden era for the sport in Australia and find out what life is like two decades on. In Part 2: * Lisa O’Keefe - who fought in the lightweight division at the Sydney Games, * Cynthia Moir, then known as Cynthia Cameron, who competed in the under 57 kilogram division and, * Tanya White, who contested the over 67 kilogram division.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 1, 2020
Sydney Olympic Commemoration Part 1 - Carlo Massimino and Warren Hansen
Boys to Men. Twenty years ago, Sydney hosted the Olympic Games down under and Taekwondo was a medal sport for the very first time. In this series, we will meet every fighter who wore the green and gold at that historic event, re-visit that golden era for the sport in Australia and find out what life is like two decades on. In Part 1, Warren Hansen, who featured in the under 80kilogram division and Carlo Massimino who competed in the Feather Weight under 68kg division.
Jul 30, 2020
Australian Taekwondo's Chief Executive Officer John Gradisar is responsible for driving the sport and martial art in Australia - from delivering on board directives, finance and governance, to overseeing Olympic pathways and high performance, growing participation among school kids, para-athletes and over 65s and a whole lot more. Hear him talk about the mistakes of the past, the pro-active strategies now in place and the vision for the future of Australian Taekwondo.
Jul 2, 2020
Could you survive? Kununurra is home to just 5,000 people And for 25 years, at the very heart of that community…has been Kununurra Taekwondo Club. How does a club survive, let alone thrive, in such a small community and what can we learn about how a martial art run out of the local leisure centre can connect across generations in a remote Australian township. Sue Riley is a Third Dan and longtime Lead Instructor at Kununurra.
Jun 25, 2020
Janine Watson was told she'd probably be dead by now. Instead, she is one of Australia’s great para-athletes and is re-writing para-Taekwondo history. This is her amazing tale in her own words…
Jun 18, 2020
Come inside the mind of a Taekwondo referee. What are they looking for? How do they make their decisions? National Referee Committee member Nikky White has seen the world as an official and is now shaping the future of refereeing. But she is also at the forefront of developing Taekwondo tech. What is the role of technology in the future of a traditional martial art like Taekwondo?
Jun 11, 2020
Can you last a lifetime in Taekwondo? If so, how? Joe Pavic used to be all about elite performance. The Tasmanian was a powerful middleweight in the 70s and 80s, winning state and Australian titles. Like many others, when advancing age meant elite competition was a thing of the past, he stepped up to become an elite International Master Instructor and 7th dan. But three years ago, in his late 50s, Joe shifted focus and his wisdom is worth hearing.
Jun 4, 2020
Dr Luke Del Vecchio
Have you ever stopped to consider what is going through your mind during a sparring session? Or when learning a new Taekwondo move? You are laser focused and very present on the mat and if you're not; you might soon wish you were. Dr Luke Del Vecchio is a Lecturer Practitioner in Sport and Exercise Science at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. His expertise has been used in the formation of the Ageless Taekwondo program and he has been investigating mindfulness in combat sports and is involved a range of research into what martial arts do to – and for – the mind and body.
May 29, 2020
Tony Paganella quit a high-flying job in the city to become a Taekwondo instructor in regional Australia. His work with young people, indigenous communities and country kids has led to wisdom worth hearing as he prepares to celebrate a significant milestone.
May 22, 2020
Master Paul Mitchell
Like so many others, Paul Mitchell discovered martial arts when Bruce Lee captured his imagination. But he isn't leaving it up to the movies to inspire the next generation and has introduced thousands of young Australians to its benefits. Master Paul has had a remarkable life; publishing a book, being inducted into Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and even being nominated for Australian of the Year.
May 15, 2020
Kristy Hitchens is many things; a media and communications officer in local government, a blogger, an advocate, a Mum, a Taekwondo blackbelt, the Founder of the Pink Belt Project and a bundle of pure inspiration. At a stage of life when many people give up on sport and fitness – let alone take up something brand new – Kristy had her life transformed by Taekwondo – and has promptly set about paying that gift forward.
May 8, 2020
One of Australia's most exciting Taekwondo prospects talks about pressure, pride, power and persistence - even in the face of temptation.
Apr 27, 2020
Amputee Athlete, Speaker, Community Advocate and Taekwondo Master Darrel Sparke shares his extraordinary life story