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Goldsmiths Taekwondo Team

The past Sunday, Goldsmiths Taekwondo competed in the first ever LUSL Taekwondo Competition hosted by the University of East London. Although it was a small competition, with approximately 90 competitors, the performance of the team is acknowledged and highly praised. The Goldsmiths Taekwondo team has performed exceptionally well in past competitions,  and has proven itself once again. Having brought nine fighters, the team came back with sevenmedals; three gold and four bronze. 

The day kicked off with black belt Sophia Doe’s match, who put up a great fight against her opponent, but unfortunately lost by six points; and was awarded a bronze medal. Shortly following, Njabulo Mkhize, who started training only last year, put on an exciting fight. After landing some excellent shots, the match was tied, leading to a golden point round. Unfortunately, NJ’s opponent landed a solid push kick, winning the fight by a single point. Goldsmiths’ newest Taekwondo members, joining the team just in September were just as keen to compete. OrgilThompson and Desmond Pitt put on an impressive performance for the short time they had been training, with Desmond landing a bronze in his first ever competition. Goldsmiths Taekwondo returning students also left strong impressions on the judges and their opponents. Greer Aylece, training since last year, won all her fights, earning herself a well-deserved gold medal.

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Action shot WFC vs Bend It Like Peckham
Photo Credit: Will Beach, GSU Sports Assistant

Despite the bitterly cold weather, a big crowd turned out to watch Goldsmiths WFC take on Bend It Like Peckham in a pre-season 9-a-side friendly. The Goldsmiths Ladies were using this as an opportunity to give some of their new recruits some game time against a confident opponent.

Goldsmiths began the game with some wonderful passing plays down the pitch from side to side, however, they were failing to translate these moves into shots when they reached the final third of the pitch.

The first of Peckham’s goals came from their captain Roanna Fawcett who capitalised on a poor clearance by Goldsmiths from a corner. She followed this with a powerful free kick into the bottom left hand corner only moments later.

A break through that Goldsmiths tried to clear took a lucky deflection into the path of Peckham’s other centre forward for a one on one with the Goldsmiths keeper, which she capitalised on putting Peckham 3-0 up early on.

As the first half progressed, each team were starting to make more and more probing runs with Goldsmiths appearing to wake up a bit and spending a considerable amount of time in

The Taekwondo Tram

The Goldsmiths Taekwondo team’s exceptional performance at past competitions precedes them, and they continue to provide great results as they have yet another incredibly successful weekend away at the Imperial Open this past Sunday. The team took nine fighters to the competition hosted by the University of East London, and brought home 7 medals; 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.

Abigail Bailey and Taha Nasir, two of Goldsmiths Taekwondo’s newest members, put on an impressive performance for the short time they had been training. Unfortunately, Abigail lost her fight receiving no medal, but this has not dampened her spirits as she looks forward to going back to training, to get ready for the next competition. Although Taha also lost his fight, he brought home a well-deserved bronze medal. Returning fighter Njabulo Mkhize had a great fight, however got tired out after the first half allowing the opponent to land several points unfortunately causing NJ to lose the fight.

The most notable fighter of the day was Teneil, who also made his debut this weekend. He won his first two fights with a massive advantage, giving away close to no points to the opponent. He walked in to the final