A group of fighters from the North Caringbah DOS Taekwondo club have returned home from South Korea as winners.
Competing at the 11th World Taekwondo culture expo and Korean International Open, the fighters walked away with five gold medals and three silver medals after sending eight competitors to the tournament.
The fighters travelled to South Korea in July for a life changing experience, having the opportunity to understand the sport and its culture from a different perspective across the world.
The North Caringbah DOS Taekwondo team that travelled to South Korea included Deniz Guner, Nicola Toon, Ashley Blayney, Darrell Cokely, Emily Cokely, Tristan Lewis, Chay Lewis and Thomas Cooke.
The tournament is held annually in Muju, South Korea, where taekwondo was founded with more than 1,100 competitors from more than 40 countries around the world competing against one another.
Fighters were matched together based on height and weight, as well as belt colour or skill level to ensure fair competition as well as testing and developing their taekwondo skills against the best fighters from each country.
Under the guidance of Master Sam Guner, the North Caringbah Taekwondo students learnt more about the art of the sport and how it improves physical fitness and self-defence, all while achieving personal success.