Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Ciaran crowned national champion

Ciaran crowned national champion

Lower Sixth student Ciaran McGovern recently competed at the British Taekwondo National Championships, returning to the North East as National Junior Champion. 

Ciaran went into the competition ranked third after a successful year on the taekwondo circuit in the -68kg junior category. 

With a bye in the first round, Ciaran's first bout would see his opponent withdrawn with Ciaran holding a 35-3 lead. Knowing he'd likely meet the number two seed in the semi-final, his first bout was a resounding victory and good preparation for what may lie ahead. 

The semi-final against Dion Richardson was a tight affair and there was very little separating the two of them. Ciaran eventually won by the smallest of margins: 9-8. 

The final saw Ciaran against a non-ranked player, Owen Sanders, who had just been victorious against the number one ranked seed, 22-2. This made for a very competitive final. 

Both Ciaran and Owen would score points and it was pretty close all the way through. Victory was Ciaran's in the end with a score of 21-15 and he was crowned national champion. 

The number of students excelling in a range of sports continues to grow at RGS, and Ciaran joins a growing number of national champions and international representatives in their respective sports.