After winning medals at state level two local boys have gone on to achieve further success at the Australian Taekwondo 2017 National Championships.
Sam McGhie, 10, from Hilldene and Josh Kennedy, 9, from Tallarook, both won medals representing Victoria at the national competition held in Bendigo in October.
Placed in different divisions based on age and weight, Sam won silver in poomsae (taegeuk) and bronze in sparring, with Josh also winning bronze in sparring.
The boys said while they felt the pressure of competition, their coaches provided some good advice that helped them settle.
‘‘It was the biggest thing I’ve been involved in and I felt very nervous in the fighting, but my coach said to stay relaxed and just move on,’’ Sam said.
‘‘When I was sparring my coach Beck said ‘less pushing, more kicking and just have fun ... it’s good if you medal, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t, it’s your first nationals’,’’ Josh said.
While Josh took up taekwondo after originally learning karate in Sydney, Sam was inspired by watching Bruce Lee films and YouTube videos.
The young pair’s next chance for glory will be at Koryo Taekwondo’s annual Bev Walker competition, to be held in Shepparton this month.