By Jay Seaton
Earlier this month, Westlake resident Sean Mulloy competed in the Tae Kwon Do National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The tournament was held July 2-7 at the Fort Lauderdale convention center. He earned his right to compete in the National Championships by placing in the top four in his division in the Ohio State Championship tournament.
Mulloy earned a bronze medal in his respective division at the event. According to Mulloy’s instructor, Joseph Kim of Joe Kim Tae Kwon Do in Avon, the Tae Kwon Do National Championships consist of many different age divisions and skill levels.
“Tae kwon do is divided by age, rank, and weight divisions,” Kim said. “There are beginner, intermediate, advanced and black belt divisions, and Sean (Mulloy) competed in the 8-9-year-old age division in the intermediate section.”
Mulloy has started his tae kwon do training at a young age thanks to his parents, who are both black-belts.
Mulloy was joined at the national competition by Amy Duncan of Avon, Kayla Lenahan of Avon Lake and Jennifer Lamvermeyer of North Ridgeville. Both Duncan and Lenahan took the gold medal in their respective divisions, while Lamvermeyer took silver.
After the national championship, the black-belt athletes can compete in the United States national team trials, to hopefully make the national competition team.
Kim was very proud of Mulloy and the rest of his students with their performances at the nationals.
“Since our athletes are not yet competing in the black-belt division, they will be preparing for next season immediately,” Kim said.
Kim plans to continue to train his champions and the rest of his students often, enhancing their skills on a daily basis.
As for future competitions, “we will have some regional tournaments in the fall,” Kim commented.
Along with Lenahan, Duncan and Lamvermeyer, Mulloy was also joined by teammates Flynn Lenahan of Avon Lake and Ben Duncan of Avon. Both won the bronze medal in their respective divisions.