The World Taekwondo Black Belt Championships was held in Swindon on the 19th and 20th March.First Defence attedned with a squad of 13 members. This event was held over 2 days and the first day consisted of the junior and cadet Patterns and Sparring. Mike Beard told the juniors to enjoy the day and win or lose everyone would be proud of them. The First of the medals came via Nicola Leigh who is part of the Cadet Leadership Program wining a Bronze in the patterns. First Defence were then on a roll and at the end of the first day we had managed to gain 2 x gold medals, 1 x Silver and 4 x Bronze.
The Second day saw the turn of the adults. The standard of the competitors was exceptional. After another long day the adults gained 1 x Silver and 5 Bronze medals. Some say 13 is unlucky but not for First Defence competing on the international stage against competitors from around the World.