Friday, 4 December 2009

NZ Team's Success at World Champs in the news [updated 26/12/09]

Updated 26/12/09 with TV3 Sports News Video

25/12/09 TV3 Sports News Video

Tauranga newspaper article

North Shore Times - Thursday 10th December 2009


Updated 5/12/09 with TVNZ Video for overseas viewers plus pictures of the article in today's NZ Herald.

Nick Lorantos organised press releases to go to the media and Sparc etc to help boost the profile of ITFNZ's sport and success at the World Champs in the news. It was picked up by TVNZ, The Herald and MSN and TVNZ and the NZ Herald were also at the airport to catch team members returning on Friday 4th December.

Here are the links and the copy from the articles:

NZ Herald 5/12/09: Taekwon-Do Team Bring Pile of Medals




It appears the article hasn't made it to their website yet but I've taken photos of it (after Jan had cut it out and put it on the fridge!)

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TV One Sports News: Friday 4th December 6-7pm news slot
Waiting for TVNZ to publish it on their website but we got 10-15 seconds of the team arriving in Auckland (well, tour group B members of the team) this morning. Brief interview with Courtney Meleisea.

The TVNZ coverage on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UIzF82kTlg

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TVNZ: More Gold for NZ at Taekwon-Do Champs
http://tvnz.co.nz/othersports-news/more-gold-nz-taekwon-do-champs-3200369

New Zealand has added three golds to its medal haul making it No 2 on the medal table of 60 countries at the Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Argentina.

With one day of competition to go, Argentina leads the medal hunt with New Zealand second, followed by Germany.

Taekwon-Do, which has its origins in Korea, is the most popular form of martial arts in the world with an estimated 180 million practitioners of the sport.

The New Zealand team now has eight Golds, six Silver and eight Bronze medals.

Team star Carl van Roon, of Auckland, won his Gold medal in the Senior Male Speciality division, making him fourth time consecutive World Champion in the division, while Luke Thompson, also of Auckland, clinched a Gold, making him second-time consecutive World Champion in the Senior Male Individual Power division.

The last Gold medal was won by Stuart Maden, of Wellington, in the Junior Male Power competition.

Silver medals come from the SPARC-sponsored Auckland -based athletes Mark Trotter and Luke Thompson in the Senior Male Pre-arranged Sparring competition and Jeremy Hannah, of Auckland, in the Junior Male Heavyweight Sparring Division.

The third Silver was taken out by Kristy Leong in the Junior Female Power division while the last of the Silver Medals was won by SPARC-sponsored Carl van Roon in the Senior Male Heavyweight Sparring competition.

Bronze medals were won by Aucklanders Carolina Dillen in the Senior Female Lightweight Sparring Division and Courtney Meleisea in the Junior Female Heavyweight Sparring Division.

Mark Trotter won a Bronze medal in the Senior Male Micro Weight Sparring division and Amanda Clealand secured a Bronze in her Senior Female Power division. Anna Yates, of Palmerston North, won her bronze medal in the Junior Female Power division.

The four-day event has drawn over 800 competitors with large teams from the United States, England, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Germany and Poland.
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Yahoo Xtra Sport: NZ Taekwondo team 2nd at World Champs
from Newstalk ZB
http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/6533408/nz-taekwondo-team-2nd-world-champs

he New Zealand team has finished the Taekwondo World Championships runner up to hosts Argentina with 13 Gold medals, eight Silver and nine Bronze medals.

The result marks an improvement from third in 2007.

Chairman of the ITF Taekwondo World Championships 2011, Nick Lourantos says it is the best performance ever by a New Zealand team.

Lourantos says now everyone is buzzing about how well we will do on home turf in 2011 when New Zealand hosts the World Championships in Wellington.

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NZ Herald: Taekwondo: More NZ taekwondo golds

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10612458
New Zealand has picked up three more golds from the world taekwondo championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With one day of competition to go, Argentina leads the medal hunt with New Zealand second and Germany third. More than 60 countries are contesting the four-day event with large teams from the United States, England, New Zealand Canada, Australia, Argentina, Germany and Poland.

The New Zealand team now has eight golds, six silver and eight bronze medals.

Aucklander Carl van Roon won gold in the senior men's speciality division, while Luke Thompson, also of Auckland, took gold in the senior men's individual power division.

The third gold went to Wellingtonian Stuart Maden in the junior men's power competition.

Silver medals went to Mark Trotter and Thompson in the senior men's prearranged sparring competition and Jeremy Hannah (Auckland) in the junior men's heavyweight sparring division.

Kristy Leong (junior women's power division) and van Roon (senior men's heavyweight sparring) also took silver.

Bronzes went to Aucklanders Carolina Dillen (senior women's lightweight sparring) and Courtney Meleisea (junior women's heavyweight sparring).

Trotter won bronze in the senior men's micro weight sparring, as did Amanda Clealand (senior women's power division) and Palmerston North's Anna Yates (junior women's power division).
- NZPA

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