DAM at the Toulouse 5th Taekwondo Open!

DAM at the Toulouse 5th Taekwondo Open!

10 athletes hailing from Dragon Academy Malta took a flight on Thursday 13th October to Toulouse, France to take part in the 5th Taekwondo Open that was held in Villeneuve Sur Lot, a town around 150 kms away from the city of Toulouse.

The team consisted of siblings Shania, Kylie and Kendra Magro, as well as Luke Chircop, Samuel Vella, Jerome Vassallo, Chloe Vassallo, Nathan Ellul, Aretina Chamaleli and Oleksandra Slobodian. Also accompanying the team was Nathan Degiorgio who regretfully could not compete due to a knee injury he sustained a week earlier. Nicole Bunce had to miss joining the team also due to health issues. The athletes were accompanied by a number of parents and other members and were exclusively coached by Stephen Formosa and Mauro Busuttil.

This was the first foreign competition since the Covid-19 pandemic and all athletes were very excited but at the same time anxious due to lack of participation. During the past months, coach Mauro Busuttil worked incessantly to make sure that the athletes were in optimal physical condition.

It was a great merited success where the team grabbed 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals placing third place amongst 37 participating clubs.

The star of the day was Aretina Chamaleli for whom it was her second gold medal in a week after also winning her category back home during the Invitational Games of Malta organised by the Maltese Olympic Committee and the Malta Taekwondo Association. This was also the case for Luke Chircop and Oleksandra Slobodian who both won silver and bronze respectively. For Nathan Ellul and Samuel Vella it was their first ever competition abroad and though they did not place they gave a good impression. The Magro siblings gave an impressive performance with the young Kendra winning gold in her first foreign competition and both Shania and Kylie winning silver. Jerome Vassallo took bronze after a loss in the second game. Chloe Vassallo also bagged a bronze medal after a solid, committed performance!

All fought hard with a will to succeed and great memories were truly made. Coaches and athletes alike came back with a tale to tell, experiences made and lessons learnt. Ever motivated for the next foreign participation!

A great thanks goes to Mr.Amar Dif and his team who showed us great hospitality.

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