2018 ITF World Championships
The next ITF World Championships will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina commencing on July 31st, 2018
Australian Selection trials are being held in Adelaide on Saturday 14th October, 2017 for all INO#23 members from 2nd Gup and above.
Selection Trial Registrations are now open – register here
More 2018 ITF World Champs details to follow.
2016 ITF World Championships
Well a huge week of International competition has come to an end at the ITF World Championships with an amazing performance from the Aussie Team.
Over 1000 competitors across both events, and almost 50 countries, the standard atmosphere and organization was great.
Results are now online:
Check out our : photo gallery
Day 1 Highlights
Day 2 Highlights
Message from the National President
I would like to take the opportunity to formally acknowledge and congratulate the efforts of all people involved in the success of the Australian Team at the 2016 ITF World Championships this past week.
From the coaches, assistants, supporters and of course to the mighty competitors themselves, both the young and those still in their prime, I can tell you nobody is prouder of the way your performed, and more importantly conducted yourselves, than myself.
Officially with over 80 World Championship medals, it doubled the previous best ever performance by Aussies at an ITF World championships.
Not only did it put beyond doubt our standing as Australia’s premiere ITF Organization, but also makes us a serious player on the World stage.
This performance and continued rise in Australia’s standing is not just the result of the work done this week, or the past few months……but over the past few years and over a decade since the formation of United ITF Australia.
The many seminars taught by our leaders to raise the technical competence of our instructors so that it could filter down to the students, the results take time to show……but now we are seeing consistency and an upward curve with every campaign.
The many quality events that we run, and try to attract the best quality competition in order for our own members to develop.
The many battles that have been fought at an organizational level to protect our organization from those who try to dismantle it, often from the inside or above …..it plays an important part in solidifying us.
As cliche’d as it sounds, there is strength in Unity, hence I chose the name when I formed United ITF back in the late 1990’s. It is as true today as it was then.
Be together, work together, perform together……..and now celebrate our success together.
Remember there was only one team representing Australia this week – United ITF Australia. Love your club – defend your country.
Australia is no longer coming……….Australia is here !!!
For myself personally it was an interesting experience, the first time I have been to a world championships in 20 years without being a competitor, national coach, umpire or an organizer. I was able to hand over ownership of the performance to those charged with leading this team and they did a magnificent job when it mattered most.
I enjoyed mingling with the supporters, chatting to competitors, watching the team bonding despite being from all over the country, and of course every time I saw that flag on the podium, my heart grew that little bit more.
I am happy for you all and glad you got to experience this moment.
As much as it was truly a team effort, I do want to single out the hard work done by Chris Galibert, Master Spiridon Cariotis and Master Keating in leading the team in the lead up and at crunch time. You have reason to feel very proud of what you have done here this week.
I truly believe there is still so much more scope for improvement, with greater systems, strategies and diligent preparation over a longer term to make us a true power, to convert the many bronzes and silvers to golds next time round.
The key will also be in the retention of those who have taken part in this and recent World Championships, so that you can put into use the experiences, lessons and improvements from your efforts into future campaigns.
For those who didn’t medal, understand that you are just as much an important part of this success, and I encourage you to share it with as much pride and enthusiasm as those who will be returning with a medal.
Thank you to the families of our juniors who sacrificed not only the time and effort, but also significant financial cost to make it possible for your child to be a part of this. The experience will stay with them for ever and I hope you saw great return on your investment.
I wish you all safe travels whether you are returning straight home like myself or going on to holiday around Europe.
Enjoy your time, thank you for your efforts and be safe.
President & Technical Director
United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia