Proud Taekwondo Individuals Raised the Profile of Taekwondo on the World Sports Map
Sarah Stevenson (Great Britain) - Taekwondo Athlete
Sarah Stevenson of Great Britain receives an MBE of Queen's New Year Honors List for the recognition of her great achievement in taekwondo.
After receiving the award she said, ""It is such a huge honour to receive an MBE and it's fantastic to be recognised for the hard work I have put into taekwondo for the past 21 years. I hope this will continue to help raise the profile of this great sport."
She also won the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year on December 10th, 2011. "I just never expected to win so it's an amazing honour for me and also for taekwondo. I am so happy to receive this and raise the profile of taekwondo."
The current World Champion has competed at 3 Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008) and won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is aiming for the gold medal at the London 2012 Games.
Ron Atias (Israel) - Taekwondo Athlete
Ron Atias of Israel was selected by the Israeli National Olympic
Committee as the best 2011 Israeli Young Athlete.
This was in recognition of his major achievements, including a silver medal in the 2011 Junior European Taekwondo Championships and a gold medal at the 2009 Cadet European Taekwondo Championships.
"I want to thank, for being elected best 2011 Israeli Young Athlete, my coach Mr. Yehiam Sharabi and Israel Taekwondo President's Mr. Michel Madar, for their help, support and encouragement."
"I started training at the age of 7 and Mr. Sharabi always took care of me and helped me move forward and achieve what I achieved. Beyond him, it is all Sharabi's family, including Mr. David Sharabi, Mr. Sharabi's father who became a real support for me, accompanying my family and me in those very difficult times. I hope to continue to represent Israel with honor in international taekwondo championships, with the help of my coach Mr. Sharabi, my club and my federation."
General Ahmed Fouly (Egypt) - WTF Vice President
General Ahmed Fouly, Vice-President of the WTF and President of African Taekwondo Union was elected as President of l'Union des Confédérations sportives africaines (UCSA) on September 12th, 2011.
The UCSA is one of the major sports organizations in Africa, along with ANOCA (Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa) having 26 member sports federations in Africa.
HRH Prince Tunku IMRAN- President of Taekwondo Malaysia
HRH Prince Tunku IMRAN, President of Taekwondo Malaysia and also the Malaysian National Olympic Council was elected as new President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), at the organization's General Assembly which was held at St Kitts and Nevis on November 11th, 2011.
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