ITF British Open 2017

The ITF British Open was held on Saturday the 25th November 2017, seeing 3 nations join forces to create a competition to genuinely find the British Champion. Indeed the competition saw entrants from not only the home nations, but also Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, and many other european countries.

The K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley was the venue for the competition.

Breakthrough were competing under the Impact TKD banner and together managed to claim second in the overall team standings.

Breakthrough’s first medal came from a likely competitor in an unlikely discipline.  Olivia Hislop had not competed in the Special Technique prior to this championship.  In fact, Olivia’s first attempt was her first ever attempt.  But despite being unfamiliar with the event, she managed to claim the silver medal in the Female Cadet Under 164cm category.

Olivia would go onto to claim a second silver in the Cadet Sparring Female Red-Black Belt164-170cm.  It was a very close final against Emma Mooney which saw the Irish competitor edge it by a single point.

There was more good news in the sparring for competition newcomer Emily Hughes.  Competing in the Cadet Female Green Belt 146cm category, Emily fought well, but was beaten into the silver medal spot.  Still a terrific performance that will give Emily great confidence for the future.

And rounding off the medals for Breakthrough, this time with a magnificent gold medal performance, Ricky Newson claimed top honours in the Senior Sparring Male Yellow-Green -85kg category.  Ricky had a very long wait for his category to begin, but it was worth it in the end.

Well done to everyone who competed.  Full results can be found here.