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Teens taekwon-do their club proud after world champs glory

International taekwon-do competitors Jakob Braakhuis, Logan Braakhuis, Kyla Walton and Georgia Vogt show off the moves that got them in the successful national squad. PHOTO: Jamie Adams By Jamie Adams

The Berhampore Taekwon-Do (BTKD) club is buzzing after four of its young members returned from representing New Zealand at a world championship tournament in Dublin last month. They have more cause to celebrate with two of them winning medals in the 18 and under competition. Kyla Walton, 18, won gold in the girls’ individual powerbreaking event against 49 competitors. She also won bronze in the team event. Logan Braakhuis, 16, won bronze in the boys’ patterns event with brother Jakob, 14, reaching the quarter-final. The fourth member who travelled to Ireland was Georgia Vogt, 15, who competed in the girls’

under 55kg sparring division. She lost her bout against a Dutch competitor who went on to win gold. They were part of a very successful New Zealand team that came away with eight golds, six silvers and 13 bronzes across various cateegories and weight divisions at the October 11-15 event. “Sixty-five countries competed and New Zealand are now ranked second in the world,” BTKD club chief instructor Lina Walton says. The club practises international taekwon-do, a code that is administered by a federation distinct from world taekwon-do, of which its sparring discipline is an Olympic sport. While the various disciplines within each federation’s sport are similar, there are some differenc-

es in rules and points awarded, especially in the sparring competition. “It’s a bit like rugby league as opposed to rugby union,” Lina says. There was a long build-up to the world champs, which saw a total of 60 New Zealand athletes compete. “The New Zealand team was selected in April and we were required to attend huge performance camps in Auckland as well as our weekly training sessions at the club.”  Berhampore is one of eight clubs that make up the Wellington Central branch of the regional division of a sport that has about 3500 members nationwide. For more information go to

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Perfect All Blacks a myth and that’s OK It’s starting to feel like the expectations on the All Blacks are entering the realm of the ridiculous. Steve Hansen’s men beat France in Paris 38-18 but received little praise for outscoring their opposition 2:1. Much attention was focused on another Sonny Bill Williams brain explosion yellow card and the subsequent momentum shift that happened. It appears winning is no longer enough and only a sublime, complete 80 minute demolition performance of all opposition is acceptable. Keep in mind the All Blacks won by 20 points away from home in the driving rain. Sure, the second half was sloppy but the All Blacks weren’t without excuses.

The penalty try was absurd, the referee missed an obvious forward pass in the lead up to the Sonny Bill yellow card that should have halted the movement. Key forwards Dane Coles and captain Kieran Read were on the bench for the second half and the French got their tails up. We, as rugby fans, are becoming too entitled. It’s one thing to expect the men in black to win as they are the most winning professional sports franchise in world sport, but to still find stuff to moan about after a comprehensive win is going too far. This is what happens when a generation of New Zealand rugby supporters can’t fathom “down years”. I remember when a win over the Springboks brought grown men to

tears in the 90s, the 1998 season where the All Blacks couldn’t buy a win lingers in the back of my brain as does all of the World Cup failure between 1991 and 2011. As painful as those experiences are, those who can remember them have a greater appreciation of how dominant the national rugby team has been over the past decade. Granted, the All Blacks aren’t the well-oiled machine they were a few years ago but even with the loss of some of the best players to ever wear the jersey in more than a century retiring after 2015, the team is still the undisputed best in the world. Sometimes, it’s best to just be happy with a win because perfection is never truly attained and that’s the blessing and curse of the black jersey.

Thursday November 16, 2017


Peru football fans descend on Wellington Wellington was awash with football fever as tens of thousands of All Whites supporters, and up to 2000 Peruvian fans, descended on the city for the FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday. The city’s first taste of the football frenzy happened on Civic Square’s artificial turf on Friday when the Inca Warriors, made up of Peruvian supporters, took on a team of former refugees now living in Wellington. T he ref uge e t ea m wa s selected in recognition of Wellington Phoenix’ Football diversity programme. The former refugees were of fere d Pho en i x sea son tickets as recognition of the important role sport plays

in building bridges between individuals and across communities. The five-a-side match was played in two 15-minute halves, refereed by Wellington city councillor and Wellington ambassador Simon Woolf who is a qualified referee. Despite the significant number of Peruvian fans who turned out in Wellington, their team failed to score any goals in the 0-0 draw, a big surprise given Peru are ranked more than 100 places above New Zealand. The Phoenix played in their white kit in their 5-2 win over Perth Glory at Westpac Stadium on Sunday, continuing the whiteout theme for the weekend.

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