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Martial arts: Deeside Tae Kwon-do Club celebrates achievements and establishes memorial awards

DEESIDE Tae Kwon-do Club ended a successful 2012 in bittersweet fashion.

The final gradings of the year saw the Great Roaring Tigers class – for youngsters aged three-and-a-half to six-years-old – achieve their latest stripe grading.

Taught by Amanda Richardson, the children all passed together as they took a step closer to the older classes of Flintshire Coach of the Year Master Darren Richardson.

But the club also handed out two awards dedicated to the memories of club members who sadly passed away last year.

Carol Bowden, a second Dan black belt who trained at Deeside for 20 years, lost her battle with cancer in 2012.

Her son Liam, also a second Dan black belt, gave the Carol Bowden Award to Jim Pearson in recognition of his achieving the second Dan himself at the age of 77.

The club also lost green belt Andrea Kenny, again to cancer. During her illness and despite suffering pain she completed her gradings and achieved an A star pass for her belt.

The Andrea Kenny Award was handed out by her three children Tom, Roisin and Ashleigh, who are all club members themselves.

They gave the award to red belt James Anstey in recognition of his progress this year.

Deeside Tae Kwon-do Club can look back on 2012 as a significant year for them.

They hosted the North Wales invitational competition and won more than 20 trophies in all categories.

More than 1,000 gradings have been passed by members this year and in April and October the club realised another 10 black belts aged from eight upwards giving the club more than 50 black belts.

Classes are always open to new members and beginners class are starting now at Deeside Leisure Centre, Hawarden High School and Connah’s Quay High School.

If you would like to join or put your child’s name on their waiting list call Darren or Amanda on 01352 780609 or contact 07735 337433.

Alternatively, send an email to: [email protected].