Ceremonies Held for Award Winners of Overseas Non-Korean Taekwondo Masters Essay Competition
The six-month essay contest, which started on March 1, 2007 until Aug. 31, was jointly organized by the World Taekwondo Federation, the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation and the Kukkiwon.
Out of 52 entries from 25 countries, the TPF-selected Screening Committee selected 14 winning essays after a month of evaluation.
On the occasion of the welcoming party for participants in the World Taekwondo Hanmadang 2007, which was organized by the Kukkiwon, the awarding ceremony of the Overseas Non-Korean Taekwondo Masters Essay Competition, was held at Hotel Ritz in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, on Nov. 2.
The grand prize of “the Korean Culture and Tourism Minister Award,” went to Senegal’s Seck Dame, who submitted his essay under the title “This is the Life I have Chosen.”
The best award of “the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation Chairman Award” was given to three people. Their names and essay titles are Mrs. Haya Q. Karadsheh of Jordan (“Teaching Taekwondo in a Different Way”), Mrs. Anita Seo-Dornbach of the Netherlands (“To Reach in the Moon”), and Mr. Muhktar Kadiri of Ghana (“Eternal Passion: My Journey with Taekwondo”).
The special prize of “the World Taekwondo Federation President Award” went to five people. They are Mr. Thomas Eugene Perry of the United States (“Lessons in Life: Lessons in Loyalty Learned through Taekwondo”), Mr. Richard J. Botticello Jr. of the Unites States (“The Martial Arts, My Church”), Mr. Abraham Hernandez Garnica of Mexico (“The Village of the Children”), Mr. Jack Rozinszky of Australia (“Journey of a Lifetime”), and Mr. Perparim Ferunaj of Albania (“Difficulties of Taekwondo Promotion in Albania”).
The special prize of “The Kukkiwon President Award”) were presented to five people. They are Mr. Norbert Mosch of Austria (“A Taekwondo Life”), Mr. David Bailey of Scotland (“a Life Transformed”), Mr. Felix Ayensu of Canada (“Taekwondo – An Ultimate Test of Spirit that Turns Vision into Reality”), and Mr. Sergio Chavez of Mexico (“Relection”).
On Nov. 3, a farewell dinner party hosted by the WTF president for the award winners of the essay contest was held at the Ramada Seoul Hotel in Seoul.
“Your strong love for and dedication to the promotion of Taekwondo combined to help Taekwondo maintain its Olympic status,” said Mr. Dai-soon Lee, vice president of the WTF and chairman of the TPF, at the dinner party on behalf of the WTF president.
He said, “In this regard, I ask for your continued support for Taekwondo and the WTF.” “The WTF will post your winning essays on the WTF Web site and carry them in the WTF Taekwondo magazine, thereby helping them be read by both the global Taekwondo family and non-taekwondo people worldwide.”
While in Korea, the award winners watched several taekwondo competitions, including the World Taekwondo Hanmadang, the 2nd WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships and the 3rd Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships.