Manx Taekwondo’s Nino Ontoy returned for the UK National Championships with three medals – including two gold – in Worcester recently.
After missing two years due to Covid restrictions, British Taekwondo was delighted to once again host the National Poomsae Championship with the Poomsae, Para-Poomsae and Freestyle divisions.
The culmination of the year of national Poomsae competition took place on the Severn campus of the University of Worcester, involving no less than 241 competitors from five countries in a total of 37 teams, in addition to 37 officials.
Ontoy was the only representative from the Isle of Man, ranked Poomsae of UK Taekwondo No.1 Under-17.
His last competition was the 2020 Online Poomsae Taekwondo World Championship (Open), a year ago last month.
He entered the field in the semi-finals with all his nerves on edge. Perhaps that was because he had less exposure against four of the top contenders who had previously played with a high average score of 7.24.
He did well on his first motive with a score of 7.27, but slipped a bit on his second with a score of 7.16 to place him second with an average of 7.22.
As the competition grew even tense heading into the final, there was a very tight 0.02 difference covering the first, second and third.
The pressure increased when the third-placed competitor got a remarkably high average score of 7.39.
In response, Nino produced a very impressive performance with a personal best 7.61 on his first motive, followed by 7.43 on the second for an average score of 7.52.
That pb score proved to be unbeatable, awarding him the gold medal, once again winning the title of returning kid.
It’s an incredibly special medal for him as it was his ambition this year to have lost the British National Champion title to Poomsae in 2019. Not only that, it was his first medal after two years of Covid restrictions and a first under its new division for under 17 years.
Things got even better for the Manx teenager when he won another gold in the Under-17 team event with his British teammates Alfie Harper (Aspire Taekwondo) and Oakley Wright (National Taekwondo Club) ).
To close a very successful weekend, he added a bronze medal in the Under-17s with the Scottish Tasha Wilson (Central Taekwondo Academy).
Overall, it was an exceptional event for him and the Manx Taekwondo Club as the island’s only representative in the competition, winning two gold medals and one bronze.
Nino would like to thank his parents for supporting his emotional and financial needs, especially his father, Dom Ontoy, for being his coach / trainer. He and his parents would like to thank Master Samuel Kim, Master Rod Nielsen and the GB coaches, especially Master Chi Lai, for all the help and support.
Finally, Steve Green, duty officer at the Douglas National Sports Center for the use of the facilities for his training leading to the competition.
l Manx Taekwondo welcomes new members – adults and children. Contact Rod Nielsen at 436181, email [email protected] or visit Manx Taekwondo on Facebook to find out more.
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