International Taekwon-Do Halberg Award Nominees

International Taekwon-Do athletes have been nominated for prestigious Halberg Awards in the following categories: New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year, Emerging Talent Award, Team of the Year.


New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year Nominee – Roisin Giles

Roisin Giles won Gold in Senior Female 2nd Dan Patterns at the 2017 World Championships in Ireland. This was Miss Giles’ third individual patterns gold at a world championships event.

Roisin Giles –Photo by Jackie Strachan

Emerging Talent Award – Bianca Koper

Bianca Koper won gold in the 65+kg Junior Individual Sparring event, as well as a silver medal in team specialty. Becoming a Junior World Sparring Champion is a massive achievement in any case, however the Ireland World Championships were Miss Koper’s first which makes the victory even more special.

Bianca Koper–Photo by Kris Herbison

Team of the Year – New Zealand Taekwon-Do Team

The New Zealand Taekwon-Do Team placed 2nd overall at the 2017 World Championships in Ireland, achieving 8 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze medals from 58 athletes. NZ has 3700 members 10% compete in local and national competition which demonstrates the magnitude of their achievement.

NZ Team -Photo by Matt Pilcher