FIFTEEN locals might be coming home a bit sore from the Arnold Classic Australia event, but their efforts are all worth it, after bringing with them a combined total of 22 gold and 11 silver medals.
Among those to compete was Koryo Taekwondo Centre Head Instructor 4th Dan Kukkiwon, Sammy Rachele and his daughter Isabella, who both walked away with two gold medals.
Sammy said, “This is the first time the event has been run in Australia. It was held in Melbourne Exhibition Centre and had taekwondo, karate, Brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, arm wrestling, a hardest punch competition, world’s strongest man competition and bodybuilding, which was the main attraction.
“I competed in the Technical Competition in both the Arnold Classic Division and World Taekwondo Federation Divisions. The Technical Competition is very similar to Poomsae and is like a gymnastics routine, where you get marked on balance, power, routine, speed, rhythm and technique.
“It was a different weekend, but it was great weekend by all and a great effort by all of the students.
“The kids were well and truly ready for it. We had a couple of first timers, but we trained right through Christmas so they were ready.
“I’m happy to have walked away with gold in both divisions. I don’t enter unless I know I have a shot to win.
“There were a lot of competitors, after this year’s publicity I think next year will be even bigger.
“And of course the main attraction was Arnold Schwarzenegger who was there for a short time each day.”
Sammy Rachele – 2 gold
Isabella Rachele – 2 gold
George Moutafis – 1 gold
Katrina Moutafis – 1 gold, 1 silver
Vlatka Schwarz – 1 gold, 2 silver
Chloe Schwarz – 3 gold
Liam Schwarz – 1 gold, 1 silver
Ryan Schwarz – 2 silver
Kerryanne Reddrop – 3 silver
Nikita Reddrop – 2 gold
Jeg Clark – 2 gold
Molly Bohm – 2 gold, 1 silver
Michael Eldred – 2 gold
Jessica Eldred - 2 gold, 1 silver
James Eldred - 1 gold