Tonga rocked at NZ Taekwondo Open 2010 Champs
The Tongan delegation was lead by Master Baik as Manager, ‘Uluaki Namoa as coach assisted by Lu’isa Tu’akoi with 7 junior players and 5 participants in the Open grade. The youngest of the team Pita Fe’iloaki won a bronze medal and also Veronique Laloe also won herself 2 gold medals in the veteran competition. The highlight of the competition was when Fa’alongo Tovo over powered New Zealand’s number one seat in a nail biting bout. At the end of the set time both were tied at 15 points each, extra time was given and Longo came out on top when scoring the first point. The New Zealand coach congratulated Longo and team Tonga for the fine effort, “Tongan has exceptional talents, and it’s great to play against tough opponent especially for our boy who had not been defeated for a number of seasons. Losing to Tonga had lifted the benchmark higher for our players and it has inspired our boys to work harder.”
Team Tonga had 3 female participants including 16 year old ‘Ilisapesi Fonua who will be representing Tonga at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in August. Tonga medal recipients were as follows. Holomesi Finau won bronze and silver, Siaosi Veatupu got gold, Paea Halafihi won silver and bronze, Ilisapesi Fonua won silver, Papa Fe’iloaki won two silver medals, Pita Fe’iloaki won a bronze medal, Viliami ‘Iongi won gold, Fa’alongo Tovo won bronze, Siosiua Faleafa won silver, Veronique won two gold medals and Mele Toutai won a gold.
Tonga Taekwondo Association would like to acknowledge the great support from our local sponsors who assisted us in our preparation for this prestigious event. We would like to extent our appreciation to Bill Fish Bar and Restaurant, EM Jones, Chathams Pacific, Narothams, Tonga Development, Office Equipment, Vakaloa Beach Resort, TCC and Nishi Farming and Quarry and all other business partners who had helped us.