Taekwondo Australia fielded a team of thirteen athletes to represent Australia at the recent 2012 World Taekwondo Hanmadang competitions which were held in Seoul, Korea in late August. The Australian Team was made up of twelve males and one female from four different states which included Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. Australia competed in Power Breaking, All Round Breaking, Individual and Creative Poomsae with competitors being restricted to two events.
Our team had plenty of competition from the 42 countries participating in the competition which had a field of around 3,500 competitors. However, our team was able to meet the challenge winning 12 medals which included 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 8 Bronze, and 3 trophies.
The competition turned out to be a very special one for Russell Wood, as not only did he have the honor of being the Manager and Coach for the very successful Taekwondo Australian Team, but he also won two medals in poomsae, received a Citation from the World Taekwondo Federation for his services to taekwondo, and was also promoted to 8th Dan.