Taekwondo duo really taking off

TWO local athletes weighed in last night for the Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships in Canada.
Jonathan Inger, of Alstonville, and Brianna Wilson, 15, of Lennox Head, were among thousands of competitors from 53 Commonwealth countries to step on the scales in preparation for this weekend’s championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Inger and Wilson, who both train out of Strike Martial Arts in Ballina, earned their spots on the Australian team after winning medals at the National Championships and the Australian Selection Tournament.

The pair, who compete with the Queensland squad, were two of only three people from the State to win a spot on the national team.

“We have only had six weeks to prepare since the trials, but the support from all the families at Strike has been amazing,” said Inger.

 “We both realise what an honour it is to represent our country in an international event.”

Each sport in the Commonwealth Games holds its own championships every two years, in addition to the traditional multi-sport event held every four years.

The Taekwondo championships are a showcase of the highest level of competition, so Inger and Wilson will be on the mats against the best in the sport over the two-day competition.

“I can’t believe how lucky I am. It’s always been my goal to represent Australia but I never dreamed it would happen so soon,” Wilson said.

As well as wearing the green and gold, Inger and Wilson will hone their skills at an elite training camp.

“Jono and I have been invited to stay on to attend a five-day training camp with the Canadian Olympic Team after the championships,” Wilson said.

“The training camp is an incredible bonus.”

Weigh in for the event was held last night (Canadian time), with the junior competition to be held today and the seniors to fight it out tomorrow at the 15,000 seat MTS Centre.

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