Kaino Thomsen - Taekwondo (80kg & over)
Full Name: Kaino Tate Peter Thomsen-Fuataga
Sport: Taekwondo (+80kg)
World Ranking: 16th (+80kg)
Competition Date: Saturday, 11 Aug @ 09:00 - 23:00 (BST - British Summer Time)
Age: 21 years old
Lives in: Samoa
Trains in: KL Taekwondo, Samoa & USA
Before London: Kaino traveled to the USA early June to train with his personal coach Master Salim. He has also traveled abroad to compete and train with other top coaches and athletes who will be attending the London 2012 Olympics.
Questions with Kaino
School: Robert Louis Stevenson Primary and Porirua College / Faatuatua
Sibilings: 3 brothers and 2 sisters
Occupation: Security Firm (KL)
Sport Club: KL Taekwondo
Coach: Master Gergely Salim
Years Competing: 9 years
Time spend training: 4-6 hours a day
Best things about competing: Traveling the world and experiencing new countries and cultures. Meeting new people and making new friends.
Why did you start Taekwondo: My father got me into the sport, he believed it would help me physically and mentally. It was also a good way to know how to defend myself and to help my discipline not only in the sport but in all the other areas in my life.
Memerable competitions: Gold at the 2007 South Pacific Games and Qualifying for the Olympics at the 2011 Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in New Caledonia.
Most Influential person in your life: Father
Sporting Hero: Mike Tyson
General Interests: Playing Rugby, Playing Guitar, Drawing, Training, Eating, Hanging out with Family, Friends and loved ones.
Inspirational Quote: "Dont compare yourself with great people, but instead compare yourself with how great you could become."
Preformance Goal for London: Firstly i would love to win Gold for my country and it would be a dream come true. If not then medaling will be next on my list.
Last Words: I would like to say to the world to prepare themselves for some Pacific flair, Island style combat and the full force of a samoan warrior!
Taekwondo at London 2012
Venue: ExCeL, London
Dates: Wednesday 08 – Saturday 11 August
Medal events: 8
Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)
Did you know: Over their standard white uniform, known as a ‘dobok’, competitors wear coloured protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as ‘chung’, while the competitor in red is ‘hong’.
Olympic History: Taekwondo appeared on the Olympic programme for the first time at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, Sydney 2000, after having twice been included as a demonstration sport (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992). Women’s and men’s events were added at the same time.