Hedland Taekwondo Club punches above its weight, claiming nine gold medals at state champs

Elliott TurnerNorth West Telegraph
Hedland's Cash Pomana, 12 (red), lands a kick to the chest.
Camera IconHedland's Cash Pomana, 12 (red), lands a kick to the chest. Credit: Supplied by Tim Turner

Hedland Taekwondo club won nine gold medals in an impressive performance at the Taekwondo State Championships in Perth on July 24.

Raechel Morris and Damien Stewart won gold medals in the Poomsae competition against a highly technical club from Perth.

Debutant Cash Pomana, 12, delivered one of the highlights of the weekend when he claimed a gold medal in Poomsae against four other strong competitors.

Meg Mills brought home gold in sparring against a dedicated sparring club from Perth.

Dylan Tarlinton, Amanda Keller and coaches Tim Turner and Relma Bule-Turner also achieved gold at the event.

Hedland Taekwondo coach Relma Bule-Turner said there were a few stand-out performances from the team.

“Cash Pomana was up against four kids from Perth who would have had a regular circuit competition,” she said.

“For him to win the gold was impressive because it shows technically our club is competitive.

“Meg Mills’ victory in sparring was also a stand-out, she was excellent.”

Bule-Turner said the club punched above its weight.

“We have established a name for the town; no other club does self defence like we do,” she said.

“People know what we are capable of and I think we gained respect from the people in Perth.”

The coach and gold medal winner emphasised the team’s strong level of unity when going to the State championships.

“We are very team oriented and never ever travel individually, we promote team mentality,” Bule-Turner said. “Most clubs in Perth will travel individually, we are the only team that travels as a team.”

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