Mother and son return home with gold and bronze
PREPARING for their first world championships, mother and son Lesley and Levi Cathcart were unsure what to expect.
Changing the tournament from Seoul to the outskirts of London added to the unpredictability.
However, the Barellan Point taekwon do exponents had nothing to be uncertain about.
The black belt martial artists have returned from England with a gold and bronze medal, having been part of the successful Australian team.
"Absolutely," Lesley answered when asked if her and Levi's efforts at the UITF Taekwon Do Open World Championships showed their training and dedication were worth it.
"Hopefully we will be able to encourage some other members of our club here in Ipswich to enter the next one.''
With the 26-strong Australian team winning 68 medals, it quickly became evident their techniques were the best in the world.
More than 500 competitors from 16 countries contest
ed the world titles in Hatfield.Lesley won her gold in the veteran female division for power breaking.
She was the only competitor in her division to make successful turning kick and right hand breaks during the intense two days of competition.
"I did surprise myself a little bit, especially with the right hand strike as that has been a weakness of mine,'' she said.
Remarkably, the supportive mum only started taekwon do to help Levi with his training at the Ipswich Authentic Taekwon-do Club at Karalee and in Ipswich.
"It was fantastic,'' she said. of the world titles experience.
"It was the first time travelling as part of a team, bonding with the team and training with them was great.''
Ipswich Grammar School student, Levi, collected his bronze for his sparring in the junior male division. The 15-year-old also impressed, having to step up on his first international trip.
Levi is keen to help other Ipswich students with their grading having gained confidence from his world titles success.
Lesley said she and Levi would also aim for the 2015 world championships in Italy.
"I am keen to go again, now that I know what it is all about and we can do all right,'' Lesley said.