Taekwondo students from QC earn medals during first competition

Young students compete for first-time ever

Chief instructor and coach Henry Jenkins, fourth-degree black belt, in back, with his medal-winning students from the Queen Creek Library Recreation Annex. They are, front row from left: Devonee Farrington, gold and silver medals; Will Lockett, gold and bronze; and Jordan Jones, two gold medals. The quartet, including Master Jenkins, who earned a gold medal, competed in the World of Taekwondo Championships held May 14 at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. (Courtesy of Henry Jenkins)

Chief instructor and coach Henry Jenkins, fourth-degree black belt, in back, with his medal-winning students from the Queen Creek Library Recreation Annex. They are, front row from left: Devonee Farrington, gold and silver medals; Will Lockett, gold and bronze; and Jordan Jones, two gold medals. The quartet, including Master Jenkins, who earned a gold medal, competed in the World of Taekwondo Championships held May 14 at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. (Courtesy of Henry Jenkins)

 

Three Queen Creek students enrolled in taekwondo classes at the Queen Creek Recreation Library Annex have earned medals.

The students competed for their first time at the World of Taekwondo Championships tournament. It was held May 14 at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd Street in Phoenix.

The winning students were: Devonee Farrington, gold and silver medals; Will Lockett, gold and bronze; and Jordan Jones, two gold medals.

Taekwondo is the Korean martial art of self-defense and an Olympic sport, according to a press release.

Students competed in both sparring and self-defense forms known as poomsae, said Henry Jenkins, taekwondo master and chief instructor at the recreation annex.

“We did a great job for our first tournament,” said Mr. Jenkins, who also earned a gold medal at the tournament.

Taekwondo tournaments attract participants of all ages from local, national and worldwide taekwondo schools, according to a press release. Tournaments provide a forum in which to compete and compare students’ taekwondo skills, improve mental awareness and provide experience in tournament sparring, according to the release.

The May tournament featured Taekwondo VIP World Champion guests.

For more information about the tournament, visit the event website.

The recreation annex is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information about the town of Queen Creek recreation department, visit its website.

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