Eastbourne take third in South East Championship

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Taekwondo students from Eastbourne recently participated in the South East British Championships and finished notably in third place.

Michele Cavallin and Matt Cook finished with three and two gold medals respectively which topped off a highly successful day for taekwondo in the sunshine coast.

Martial arts experts Cavallin, who teaches at Eastbourne and Lewes, and Cook won gold in individual sparring, foot destruction with Cavallin’s third medal coming in the tag team sparring.

Cook won his individual sparring final due to disqualification after his nose was broken by his opponent, which subsequently meant he couldn’t in the tag team event,

Taekwondo has risen to prominence in Eastbourne in the past few years and their success at the recent championships is testament to this.

The Ken James Academy where ex-World Champion Cavallin trains and teaches has numerous students from the ages of seven up to 35.

“I love teaching and getting my students ready for these types of competitions. I have so much experience in the past few years and I’m able to pass that on to my students.”

With most of her students picking up trophies in Guilford, Cavallin and her students will be looking towards the British Championships, on Sunday 26 November, with renewed ambition.

Cavallin a fourth Dan black belt will be targeting a successful run in patterns which she has had previous success.

“I am looking to place in patterns, which is my main goal. I won it last year. I want to get my patterns really good.”