Legs go flying at state tae kwon do titles
"DON'T hold back" was the catchcry of Fraser Coast Taekwondo's little warriors who did battle in the Queensland Tae Kwon Do Championships on Saturday.
After all, the opportunity to compete on a big stage like state titles doesn't come around often, especially in your hometown.
It's been seven years since Hervey Bay hosted the state championships, this year welcoming more than 50 fighters from as far as Victoria.
Months of hard work and extra training to further their abilities paid off for three Fraser Coast youngsters who took home medals.
Lachlan Amodeo (special techniques) won gold, while Michael Tom (sparring) and Jeshua Litzow (patterns) picked up a silver each.
Jett Liang and Tyrone Bell were the unlucky ones from the local club to miss out.
Fraser Coast Taekwondo head instructor Isabelle Brown said their efforts were noticed.
"I was really happy because they're building up their confidence," she said.
"Even those who didn't get any rewards, at least they went in there and gave it their best shot."
Brown hailed the event a major coup for the area and a fantastic spectacle, with the explosive strikes and evasive manoeuvres from senior competitors making it an entertaining affair for onlookers.