Dean Thompson Photography: Blog https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog en-us (C) Dean Thompson Photography dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/img/s/v-12/u774467730-o830698676-50.jpg Dean Thompson Photography: Blog https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog 120 80 NEW GENERATION HITS THE ACTMX TRACK https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/new-generation-hits-the-actmx-track Every time the ACT MOTORCYCLE CLUB opens the track to riders, I have been noticing more and more young families pulling up with their trailers, eskies, and BBQs.  Spending the entire day either watching their kids race around the nippers track or heading out to the Motocross track, carving up the ruts like the good old days.

It has been a fantastic opportunity to be able to photograph the riders and their families at the ACT MOTORCYCLE CLUB at the Fairbairn facility.  The people I have been able to meet and the stories I have heard about the riders and their history of the track. 
Mark Bowman was a rider who started riding at the track when he was 11.  Now thirty years later Mark brings his two kids Cooper and Macie to the track, to experience the fun that he had when he was their age.

Mark Bowman

I first met Mark and his son Cooper one of the junior development course.  A course that the ACTMCC has started to host more often to encourage young riders to try the track for the first time.

Over the next few open days that the club would hold, I would see little Cooper on his new 65cc Yamaha with number 99 on the front plate, racing around the nippers track, getting better every time he rides.  Every now and again coming off and needing assistance getting up, but that's all part of riding.

I did ask Cooper if he likes the new bike, he said 'its a lot bigger than the bike that he used to ride.'  I laughed and said that you would grow out of that bike very soon don't worry.  The 50cc KTM that Cooper used to ride has now been passed down to his younger sister, Macie.

COOPER

Last weekend I caught up with the Bowman's sitting on the back of the bike trailer.  Mark was tightening up his riding boots, and the two kids were sitting on their bikes raring to go.  Macie was in her brand new pink riding gear, all ready to have her first ride on the nippers track.

MACIE

Every now and again, the senior riders were stopped from riding on the main motocross track.   This gave the younger, less experienced riders an opportunity to tour around the track.  Many of the smaller rider being helped by either their parents or other senior riders.

The track is improving with more people turning up and enjoying a  great day with family and friends.   Money raised from these open days goes straight into the club to repair water pumps and tractors.  Volunteers are spending more time on the track preparing, grooming, and watering.

 

The track has still got a bit to go to get it back to the top class facility that it used to be,  so remember to thank all the committee and the people who help on the day. 

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AUSTRALIAN TAEKWONDO NATIONALS 2018 https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/australian-taekwondo-nationals-2018 This year the Australian Taekwondo National Championships were held at the new multi million dollar sports stadium in Bendigo Victoria.  The new sports stadium was a fantastic upgrade from last year, with tiered seating for spectator viewing and large open areas to fit the 6 full size competition mats. 

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The first day of the competition started with all the judges, officials and volunteers madly setting up the corner cameras, computers and DEADO scoring systems for the days Coloured belt sparring. 



The day was full of up and downs for all blue and red belt sparrers.  All fighters showing off their martial arts skills that they have trained hard for all year.


It was amazing to see the encouragement from all the coaches towards their students.  High fives were always given and  comforting words to the very nervous athletes. Many of them fighting in the Nationals for the first time

Hassan Iskandar was very proud to present Steven Currie, The Dual World Para champion an award from Australian Taekwondo for his accomplishments in the sport o f Taekwondo.  Steven Currie also accepted a very generous donation of $11,000 from the Director of AUSTRALEX,
Mahmoud Mearbany. a donation that will go towards the Australian Para-athletes for the preparation to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

The fighting continued late into the afternoon,  where the loud cheering from the support teams would sometimes bring a fighter back to win in the final seconds.

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Day 2 started with the Referees, Coaches and Athletes reading out the Sporting oath and everyone standing for the Australian National Anthem.

Then the Black Belt fights began.... 

To make the competition more interesting the point scoring system had changed since last year.  Points were scored for falling over or leaving the mats, so any faults made on the mat were quickly points gained for your opposition. Sometimes gaining 4 points although losing one for falling.  

Also many points were scored from punches this year.  Many screams could be heard from fighters grabbing the referees attention with an aggressive punch to the chest guard.
 


Mid morning Day 2,  I had the opportunity to capture the amazing Poomsae routines of the Blackbelts vying for a position in the Australian team to compete at the WORLD TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS in Chinese Taipei.  The timing, flexibility and power of the teams was incredible.

The competition for the individual Poomsae champion was so close.  Sometimes only .01 points between the winner and the next competitor. 




 

That afternoon after the Poomsae World selections were over, I headed back to the main arena to continue shooting the Senior Blackbelt sparrers competing.  A long day for many where sometimes their first fight would not be until late in the day.  


With head kick and spinning kicks scoring extra points many fighters showing off their martial art talents.  Fighters who was throwing everything they had to try to get the points back in the final seconds..  


Great to see all the competitors over the weekend, unfortunately not having much time to stop and congratulate them on their performances.


The last fight of the day finished around 10.30pm that night,  where many supporters had gone back to their hotel room to rest for the next day of supporting and competing.  For the final fighters it had been a long day putting everything they had into competing in the finals to become National Champion.

The overwhelming feeling of exciting and exhaustion after the big day when the fighter realises they are NATIONAL CHAMPION!!


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Day 3 was the last day of the Australian National Championships, where the Bendigo sports stadium hosted the Taekwondo Poomsae events,  these events started with the family Poomsea divisions.  This was great to see, as last year many of these families had competed and had improved so much.  


 

Sitting in the middle of the 6 mats that had all the action happening I tried to capture as much as I could.  Every mat the athletes showing great strength and flexibility.  Many of the competitors competing for the first time, showing their nerves as they would try not to forget their routine.


 

It was fantastic to see such a large range of competitors at these championships,  the shortest to the tallest....  The youngest to the oldest..


While the Poomsae events were being run, one of the courts was showing the skills of a freesttyle and creative Poomsae,  A different side of Poomsae that still had a certain amount of martial arts criteria with an addition of backflips, side kicks and so much more.  Very entertaining to watch.


Board breaking was an event that showed intense strength and focus.  Many competitors pushing themselves to break though more boards and reaching personal best results.

On this court, the self defence routines were being judged.  A combination of martial arts skills were used by the athlete to defend themselves against knife attacks, throat chokes and anything else the attacker would throw at them

A massive thank you to all the judges, officials and volunteers who have made this Nationals such a success.  Without out the help from all these guys these events can not be held.



Another massive National Championships that I have had the pleasure in photographing.  Thank you Australian Taekwondo for the opportunity to capture these special moments for everyone. 

More photos can be viewed by either clicking on each photo or pressing this link below.

GEOSNAPSHOT - DTP Dean Thompson Photography

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BJJ FOR KIDS https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/6/bjj-for-kids I had the opportunity to capture some amazing action at the ACT BJJ Tournament at the AIS in Canberra.  I was extremely impressed with the juniors competing as the focus, strength and discipline that these athletes showed at such a young age was amazing.

Clicking on each photo or the link below will lead to the albums of the Juniors, Seniors and No Gi events.

ACT BJJ ALBUMS

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a brilliant way for children to socialize, improve their fitness and have fun.

A child who has experience in BJJ will be able to control an attacker and neutralize them in a realistic scenario. They will develop the ability to take an attacker to the ground and control them.

They will also understand how to escape uncomfortable positions or avoid being pinned underneath a bigger and stronger attacker.

The physical and mental advantages of learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are essential to help the kids and adults grow to be more confident in themselves.

One competitor I was impressed with was Hunter Sasikin, an 8 year old from SJJA Brookvale fighting in the Under 27kg division. 

Hunter was diagnosed with ADHD and Jiu Jitsu is helping him with focusing and discipline.  He has been training in Jiu Jitsu for 3 years now, 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day.


 I asked his parents about their family and BJJ   ..'we are really are incredibly proud of him.  He will sit for back to back BJJ classes without losing focus or acting up at all.   His brother and sister also train with him now because they were inspired by him which is pretty cool.' 

The ACT BJJ Tournament was well run, and all the kids were well looked after by the referees and volunteers. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may just be one of the very few ways that a child can simultaneously improve their physical attributes at the same time as developing their mind and improving their social skills.  However, the benefits that can be attained by meeting and making new long-lasting friendships can be the essence of the sport for children.

Thank you ACT BJJ for letting me capture these amazing action shots.  Clicking on each photo or the link below will lead to the albums of the Juniors, Seniors and No Gi events.

ACT BJJ ALBUMS

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GIRLS IN GI - Elements Martial Arts https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/4/girls-in-gi---elements-martial-arts A good friend asked me to come and watch her grade in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I couldn't say no, as this is a sport I had heard of, although did not know much about.

Climbing the stairs to the second floor training room in Braddon, I didn't really know what to expect.  When I opened the door, I was instantly welcomed by Ben Langford and all the members of the club.  Ben is the co-owner of ELEMENTS MARTIAL ARTS with Eugene Van Leest, specialising in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Self defence and Personal training.

Click each photo will lead you to the album of the grading.

I was amazed at how many females were participating in the class,  as most people would think that BJJ would be a male dominated sport.  Many women start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the fitness and self-defence aspect.  Having the technique and confidence to be able to defend themselves if they need to.

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'It can be a little daunting stepping into a martial arts gym to learn an art that is male-dominated and often associated with more extreme forms of fighting like Mixed Martial Arts. But that's not what it's like at Elements Fitness. I ended my first lesson sweaty and exhilarated!' 

'I knew from my very first phone call with Ben that this club was friendly and supportive. I was nervous walking into my first class, not sure what to expect from the art or the club.  I was greeted by Eugene van Leest, one of Element's coaches and the instructor of the women's class. He was so warm and approachable, I relaxed right away'. 

Eugene Van Leest

 

'I love the culture of Elements Fitness, they are so supportive and welcoming. The training is hard - you get a really good workout and learn how to fight - but the whole time you have an amazing team around you. Elements competes regularly and performs really well, but there is never any pressure to compete if you don't want to. This supportive culture means a lot.' 

The women who train at ELEMENTS are all shapes and sizes and have a large variety of lives.  There are students, business women, mums - and everyone is there learning something new, pushing themselves, and hanging out. 

 

'I'm not here to break you,  although I have to take you to the extreme limits'.  Ben mentioned during grading to teach his students not to give up when things get tough.

Ben Langford

 

Thank you ELEMENTS MARTIAL ARTS for the opportunity to capture these awesome women on the matts.  It has definitely opened my eyes to the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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ROUND 7 and 8 - MOUNTAIN BIKE AUSTRALIA 2018 Cross country National Series https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/4/round-7-and-8---mountain-bike-australia-cross-country-national-series I had the opportunity to capture amazing mountain bike riders showing off their skills in one of Australia's World class tracks.  Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra held the last two rounds of the Australian Mountain Bike National Series for 2018, an event that tested the riders through extremely steep dusty inclines, massive rock drop offs and winding down hill track, were speed and skill would test all the riders.

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Day 1 was the start of Round 7 and with all my camera gear packed I started the steep climb to an area which is called 'THE HAMMER HEAD'.  This area was recommended to me by the riders as a fantastic place to capture action shots of the insanely steep decline and I was not disapointed.

Cameron Ivory leading the field

The steep rocks were testing for everyone,  some riders deciding to walk there bikes down and other riders taking the chance, unfortunately taking the wrong line and ending up battered and bruised.

The rough terrain too much for even the toughest mountain bikes

At the bottom of the steep 'Hammerhead' Section was an opportunity for riders to smile and show a sign of relief as they conquered another challenge Stromlo put towards them.  Clicking their bikes into a higher gear, speeding off to the next section.

Between each stages you could hear the engine of a trials bike checking that the coarse is clear to start the next stage.  Amazing balance from this rider. 

Day 2 started off to be an awesome Sunday morning, cool temperatures and slightly overcast ready for me to catch some amazing riding.  The first section I was camped at was an area called 'G20'.  This was another steep rock face,  although the riders hitting this downhill section with more speed.

At each difficult stage there were options to take either the 'A' or 'B' Section, The 'A' section was harder and shorter, although sometimes it made more sense to take the 'B' section which was slightly easier although slightly longer and safer.

There were many spectators cheering the riders on, many parents praying to the phone gods,  wishing their kids a safe ride through these difficult sections.

'After the 'G20' section, it was all down hill.   The riders reaching one of the last section called 'THE LUGE'. This sections was made up of series of berms.  Berms were tight turns usually alternating in direction, winding all the way down towards the finish line.

Congratulations to all the riders who participated in Round 7 and 8 of the Australian Mountain Bike National Series for 2018.  To watch everyone maneuver themselves around Canberra's insanely difficult course was memorable.

Thank you to the well organises CORC (Canberra Off Road Cyclists), for giving me the opportunity to take some photos of this amazing race.  It has definitely opened my eyes to another sport and also realise, you are never to old to hop on a bike and get out and enjoy the outdoors.

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More albums can be found on the link below

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KINGS AND QUEENS FLAT TRACK IN CANBERRA 2018 https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/3/kings-and-queens-flat-track-in-canberra-2018 A massive weekend of racing at the STAY UPRIGHT KINGS AND QUEENS FLAT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS in Canberra. 

So many riders coming from all over Australia to meet and compete for the championship trophies.

Below is a list of Winners from the weekend.  The riders names and places have been given to me from ACTMCC DIRT TRACK ASSOCIATION.

 

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NIPPERS

These tough little rides are all winners,  up and coming champions.

 

TYLER COTTON

DEKLYN BRIDGE

BENTLEY WILLIAMS

50cc 7 - 9yrs.

FIRST PLACE

William Hunt #46

SECOND PLACE

Boyd Cole #111

THIRD PLACE

Oli Bergic #36

65cc 7 - 9yrs

FIRST PLACE

Beau Bailey #173

SECOND PLACE

William Hunt #46

THIRD PLACE

Hugh Hope-Hodgetts #06

65cc 9 - 13yrs

FIRST PLACE

Archie McDonald #01

SECOND PLACE

Angus Grenfell #36

THIRD PLACE

Tristian Ayers #41

80cc 7 - 12yrs

FIRST PLACE

Beau Bailey #173

SECOND PLACE

Matthew Chippendale #163

THIRD PLACE

William Hunt #46

85cc 9 - 13yrs

FIRST PLACE

Angus Grenfell #36

SECOND PLACE

Archie McDonald #01

THIRD PLACE

Michael Cogdell #507

85cc 13 - 16yrs

FIRST PLACE

Remmie Fyffe #R23

SECOND PLACE

Zane Kinna #100

THIRD PLACE

Lincoln Knight #222

JUNIORS 100cc to 150cc 2 stroke

FIRST PLACE

Remmie Fyffe #R23

SECOND PLACE

Zane Kinna #100

THIRD PLACE

Mitchell Martin #777

JUNIORS 100cc 150cc2st 200cc 250cc 4st

FIRST PLACE

Remme Fyffe #R23

SECOND PLACE

Lawson Black #53

THIRD PLACE

Mitchell Martin #777

PRO 250

FIRST PLACE

Dave Smith #426

SECOND PLACE

Brad Burns #382

THIRD PLACE

Harry Scott #5H

PRO 450

FIRST PLACE

Dave Smith #426

SECOND PLACE

Brad Burns #382

THIRD PLACE

Mack Childs #103

SIDECARS

FIRST PLACE

Matthew Brown and Nathan Astill #300

SECOND PLACE

Dusty Miller and Charlie White #7

THIRD PLACE

Andy Bridge and Robert Weston #67

PRO Open

FIRST PLACE

Dave Smith #426

SECOND PLACE

Nathan Smith #231

THIRD PLACE 

Brad Burns #382

OVER 35's Unlimited

FIRST PLACE

Trevor Marsh #22

SECOND PLACE

Steven Mason #500

THIRD PLACE

Neil Hardwick #44

OVER 50's Open

FIRST PLACE

Mark Bennett #19

SECOND PLACE

Steven Morris #722

THIRD PLACE

Michael Bailey #124

PRE 85 Classic Open

FIRST PLACE

Andrew Turner #12

SECOND PLACE

Karl Schimann #11

THIRD PLACE

Mark Bennett #14

PRE 90 Classic Open

FIRST PLACE

Jake Farnsworth #49

SECOND PLACE

Andrew Turner #12

THIRD PLACE

Josip Fister #73

 

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A big thank you to all the volunteers who made the weekend such a success.

 

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See you at the next event!!

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JUNIOR TAEKWONDO SELECTIONS AT THE AIS https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/2/junior-taekwondo-selections-at-the-ais On Sunday 11 February AUSTRALIAN TAEKWONDO held the 2018 Junior Australian team selections at the AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT.  The selected Athletes will be going to compete at the Dutch Open to qualify for the European President's Cup in April. 

Thank you to all the Referees, Judges and volunteers who made this event run so smoothly.

Below is the list of medal winners and participants from the weekends event. 

Please press on each photo to link to the Album from the days competition.

 

FEMALE JUNIORS 15 - 17

BLACK BELT FEMALE 00 - 42kg

GOLD

Juliet Lahood

HILLS DISTRICT TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Amber Landsberg

EDGE TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 44 - 46kg

GOLD

Tali Uliel

MELBOURNE TAEKWONDO CENTRE

SILVER

Laura Cassaniti 

EDGE TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Maeve Romanella 

MUSA TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 46 - 49kg

GOLD

Tamzin Christoffel

ONE TAEKWONDO SCHOOL

SILVER

Bridie Keogh 

NOTORIOUS MARTIAL ARTS

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 49 - 52kg

GOLD

Jenina Lui

HILLS DISTRICT TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 52 - 55kg

GOLD

Ava Goharinasab

CASPIAN MARTIAL ARTS

SILVER

Savannah Askew

EDGE TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Saskia Medd

MELBOURNE TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Olivia Hill

SOUTHERN STARS

Lara Polster

JOON NO'S TAEKWONDO

Chloe Borg

GLOBAL MARTIAL ARTS

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 55 - 59kg

GOLD

Anastasia Typou 

HALLS DISTRICT TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Maria Petrakis

TITANS TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Helena Nicolaou

GLOBAL MARTIAL ARTS

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 59 - 63kg

GOLD

Rebecca Murray

EDGE TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 63 - 68kg

GOLD

Abbey Snoey

CITY WEST TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Jade Milne - Parry

NOTORIOUS MARTIAL ARTS

 

BLACK BELT FEMALE 68 - 200kg

GOLD

Reba Stewart

HALLS TKD HEIDELBERG 

 

MALE JUNIORS 15 - 17

BLACK BELT MALE 00 - 45kg

GOLD

David Gibson

EDGE TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Aaditya Kadam

TAYA TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Dylan Sicat

PRODIGY MARTIAL ARTS

BRONZE

Jacob Serra

CITY WEST TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT MALE 45 - 48kg

GOLD

Ben Camua

PRODIGY MARTIAL ARTS

SILVER

Alex John

EDGE TAEKWONDO

 

BRONZE

Seth Healy

MELBOURNE TAEKWONDO CENTRE

 

BLACK BELT MALE 48 - 51kg

GOLD

Ronan Keleher

MARTIAL FITNESS AUSTRALIA

SILVER

Ryan Hogg

Team Carlo

 

BLACK BELT MALE 51 - 55kg

GOLD

Corey Zelez

MARTIAL FITNESS AUSTRALIA

SILVER

James Stevenson

MARTIAL ARTS SPIRIT

BRONZE

Owen Todorov

FIGHTING LYONS

BRONZE

Edwin Chung

MARTIAL ARTS SPIRIT

Travis Rickard

TANS TAEKWONDO

Jesse Sawyer

GLOBAL MARTIAL ARTS

BLACK BELT MALE 55 - 59kg

GOLD

Josh Civitarese

EDGE TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Aaron Lerch

SAN TAEKWONDO

 

BLACK BELT MALE 59 - 63kg

GOLD

Leon Sejranovic

NOTORIOUS MARTIAL ARTS

SILVER

Liam Sweeney

ONE TAEKWONDO SCHOOL

BRONZE

Liam Herbert Wilson

City West Taekwondo

BRONZE

Max Phillips

MELBOURNE TAEKWONDO CENTRE

Nathan Ramage

5th ELEMENT

 

BLACK BELT MALE 63 - 68kg

GOLD

Jason Wynn 

JOON NO'S TAEKWONDO

SILVER

Billyjack Riddell

TANS TAEKWONDO

BRONZE

Brendan Michael Wilson

City West Taekwondo

 

BLACK BELT MALE 68 - 73kg

GOLD

Reuben Dunleavy

MUSA TAEKWONDO

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic day. 

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Moments of 2017 https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/1/moments-of-2017  CAPTURED MOMENTS IN TIME THROUGH 2017.

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Early in 2017, My son was just starting Motocross.  We turned up to the Fairburn track thinking the MX track was open. Unfortunately it wasn't.  Luckily there was a rec day at the dirt track, so Zander had his first experience of the circular flat track. 

I was lucky enough to take some shots of alot of amazing riders.  One was Dave Jnr who was definitely drifting harder than most that day. 

As the year went on, Zander just wanted to race.  This led us to another Motor sport of AMCROSS.  This is high speed racing on a natural terrain motocross track. This photo was captured after the first corner at the ACT AMCROSS track at Tharwa.  I always love the madness of the first corner to see who comes out first.

Marcel Schulter is the talented head chief at the Cafe and Winery at POACHERS PANTRY, just outside the Hall Village of Canberra.  The food that Marcel and his team create are mouth watering.  I had the plesaure to be able to take the photos for their latest website upgrade. 

The photo below was taken at the MOSS Institute, where Zander enrolled in a four day motocross course.  This rider pictured is young 13 year old Dante Hyam, Who on the last day was laying so low on the corners, he is an amazing rider to watch. 

At the AIS in Canberra, I was able to take photos for Australian Taekwondo.  This event was the selections to compete at the WTF World Taekwondo Senior Championships to be held in Muju, Korea. This picture was taken of Tristan Jet Fernandez from Martial Arts Spirit Health & Fitness Academy. Tristan is one of the most entertaining fighters that I get a chance to shoot, always putting on a show.

My family and I had an amazing experience in Vietnam.  Where at the Hoi An Markets we saw many different cultures.  The old still having to work on the street to help feed their families.

Coming to the end of the Rugby season, I popped in to watch a friend play for the Under 18yrs West Rugby Club Semi Final match.  It was a very entertaining game to watch, with West's convincingly winning the game to move into the finals.

The friendships that Zander has made over the year are great.  On and off the track, everyone has always been so helpful.  This photo below was taken at the end of one of the Amcross races at Goulburn.  Zander congratulating the other rider for a great race.

The photo below is of my daughters Football team manager and one of her friends young kids she was looking after.  Bronwyn is an amazing women that spends alot of her free time to help the young women in sport.

You must love the sport if you can handle the extreme temperature changes.  This photo is of Ken Marsden at the Cooma Motocross track,  where the temperatures suddenly dropped to freezing and then started snowing. 

Later in the year I was invited to take photos at Bendigo Victoria for THE AUSTRALIAN TAEKWONDO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.  Many emotional highs and lows throughout the three big days. This one is of Chloe Borg winning her match on Golden point.

The great thing about the action photography,  its takes me to all types of places and experiencing many people in different sports.  This photo is of a Ewen Lee.  A good friend of mine who let me take some shots of the Belnorth Football Team.

 

A rider that I have been following around the circuits this year is GLEN SEGARI.  A very entertaining rider who spends a lot of his time preparing the Canberra Motocross track and for other to enjoy.

There are so many sport out there that people don't even realise exist.  Parkour is one of those sports that encourages people to get outside and use the environment to it's full potential

The great thing about Christmas is that it gives an opportunity for our families who live all over Australia, to come together to enjoy precious times together.  This photo is one of my favourites, as it captures the fun times my nephews had in the pool.

And a big thank you to my patient family who put up with the camera in their face and the late nights I spend editing photos to get that perfect shot.

 My son Zander (Alex) and his new Yamaha YZ250F

My Daughter Hayley and The Burgmann Soccer Team

and my loving wife Annette, competing at The Australian National Taekwondo Championships

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR A FANTASTIC YEAR. 

Have a look through the website and see if I have captured one of your moments in time.

deanthompsonphotography.com.au

Please Click on the above link, like and share.  I appreciate you spreading the word.

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) act motorcycle club australian bendigo bikes dean thompson photography motocross mountain mxcross nationals photography stromlo supercross taekwondo https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/1/moments-of-2017 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:36:35 GMT
Conor climbs Canberra's top mountains https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/1/conor-climbs-canberras-top-mountains When my Sister and her family came down from Brisbane to spend Christmas with us,  I had an opportunity to ride with my nephew and experience a sport I never thought of trying.

Conor started mountain bike riding a few years ago, although only started competing early 2017.  I asked Conor why he enjoys Mountain bike Enduros so much.  He replied "You get to be out in nature and experience the outdoors.... I love the thrill of flying down the trails and going fast"" 

Like many sports, there is a lot of travelling involved to compete at these events.  Thanks to the patient parents who can see the passion that Conor has in riding , he has competed at most of the events. 

While in Canberra we rode Mount Majura Pines and also the world class track at Stromlo Forest, both are fantastic tracks for the beginners and the professional riders.

Constant training on the bike after school and the regular workouts at the gym, have attributed to Conors success.  Starting the year towards the end of the field and finishing the year second in the Hiddenvale Dingo Enduro.

Conor's bike has a 2017 giant reign advanced frame,

Rockshox pike rc fork

Rockshox monarch plus rc3 debonair shock

Full shimano XT drivetrain and brakes

Craftworx gravity wheels Schwalbe tires

Giant dropper seatpost

Ergon sma3 saddle

Odi grips

Rental bar and stem

Thank you Conor and Mike for showing me, there is another sport out there that doesn't involve a motor.  Now it's time to upgrade my bike and get out there and enjoy the trails.

 

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) bikes dean thompson photography mountain photography stromlo https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2018/1/conor-climbs-canberras-top-mountains Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:00:08 GMT
ACTMX Winners of the year https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/12/actmx-winners-of-the-year  

It was the first season that my son and I have experienced the sport of MOTOCROSS.  At first we were worried about joining the club, as we did not know anyone or the sport, although all the organisers and everyone at the track were amazing, always willing to help or give some friendly advice. 

Congratulations all riders for a great season.

Below are the winners of each class for ACT Motocross 2017. 

Riders had to complete 3 of the 5 rounds to qualify for end of year trophy.

NIPPERS

These guys are all winners!!!

 

 

50cc  7-9 Yrs Division 2

1st Place

#70 DYLAN TIMMER

2nd Place

#109 SETH MARSDEN

 

65cc 7-9 yrs

1st place

#243 KALEB WINCHESTER

2nd Place

#109 SETH MARSDEN

3rd Place

#70 DYLAN TIMMER

 

65cc  9-12 yrs

1st Place

#27 FIN MANSON

2nd Place

#777 RILEY GIBB

3rd Place

#76 HICKSON McINNES

 

85cc 9-12 yrs

1st Place

#227 FIN MANSON

2nd Place

#126 OLIVER CHENEY

3rd Place 

#2 MITCHELL MORRISON

 

85cc 12-14 yrs

1st Place

#244 LACHLAN WINCHESTER

2nd Place

#111 SAMANTHA MACARTHUR

 

85cc 14-16 yrs

1st Place

#451 SAMSON EDWARDS

2nd Place 

#80 ADAM PEASALL

 

JUNIOR LITES

1st Place

#65 CONNOR WHITNEY

2nd Place

#75 JAKE BARRON

3rd Place 

#109 TYSON GIBBS

 

JUNIOR LITES FEATURE

1st Place

#177 JARROD WHITNEY

2nd Place

#75 JAKE BARRON

3rd Place 

#65 CONNOR WHITNEY

 

A and B GRADE LITES

1st Place

#101 TIM MACARTHUR

2nd Place

#128 GLEN SEGERI

 

C GRADE LITES

1st Place

#94 BRAD MORRISON

2nd Place 

#12 RYAN MORRISON

3rd Place 

#70 RYAN HEWATT

 

SENIORS OPEN 

1st Place

#128 GLEN SEGERI

2nd Place

#101 TIM MACARTHUR

3rd Place

#280 Ben Ross

 

ALL POWERS FEATURE

1st Place

#128 GLEN SEGERI

2nd Place 

#101 TIM MACARTHUR

3rd Place 

#12 RYAN MORRISON

 

OVER 35'S

1st Place

#123 ANDY STILES

2nd Place

#217 IAN BINGLEY

3rd Place

#242 DAVE WINCHESTER

 

LADIES

1st Place

# SHANNON FISHER

2nd Place

#213 SALLY HANCOCK

 

Thank you to everyone for their support, especially ACTMCC's major sponsor

CANBERRA MOTORCYCLE CENTRE

Click on any of the photos to link you to the 2017 Motocross Albums

http://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/f1065906513

 

 

 

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) act motorcycle club australian dean thompson photography motocross mxcross photography supercross https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/12/actmx-winners-of-the-year Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:15:59 GMT
ACTMX MASSIVE LAST ROUND FOR THE YEAR https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/12/actmx-massive-last-round-for-the-year Last Sunday, Round 6 of the ACTMX was held at the Fairbairn track in Canberra.  It was the last Round of the year and it was awesome to see the large amount of riders and spectators who turned up to support the club.

The track had been prepared earlier in the week by Glen Segari, Dave Winchester and many other volunteers.  Nice compact  jumps, table tops and whoops.  Soft corners, perfect conditions to make awesome rutts.

 

 

The day started as normal with people arriving at 6.30am to grab the perfect position on the edge of the track.

After all the riders were debriefed, the quiet Sunday morning was turned into an amazing symphony of four stroke and two stroke engines.

This little guy was eager to start racing that day.

 

With all the warm up laps out of the way, the first heat of The SIMON FENSOM MEMORIAL race started.  Simon was a great club member, who loved to ride and help out at the club with his young family riding as well.  Simon lost his battle to cancer last year, so to support his family and the awareness of cancer, all his mates have gathered to ride for Simon and his family.

As much as this memorial event was a race,  any chance that someone got to get a head start and grab holeshot, they would. 

 

The Names of people have been given to me by the ACTMX and their position in each race.  If there is anyone that I have missed, their photos will be on my website link below .

 

www.deanthompsonphotography.com.au

 

 

NIPPERS

There were two young rider in this class, riding their 50cc around a shorter track. No losers in this group just a lot of fun riding.

 

50cc Div 2

Winner of this division was Dylan Timmer.

Seth Marsden

Tye Fensom

 

65cc 7 - 9 Yrs

The winner of the division was Jacob Pollard.

Kaleb Winchester

Dylan Timmer

Seth Marsden

Lachlan Cheney

 

65cc 9 - 12yrs

The Winner of this Division was Fin Manson.

Hickson McInnes

Riley Gibb

 

85cc 9 - 11 yrs

Winner of this Division was Fin Manson.

Hickson McInnes

Mich Morrison

Oliver Cheney

 

85cc 12 - 14 yrs

The winner of this division was Lachlan Winchester

Riley Arabin

Deaklan Schrivener

Samantha Macarthur

 

 

85cc 14 - 16 yrs

The winner of this division was Samson Edwards.

Adam Pearsall

Zac Robinson

Kyle Jenkins

 

 

Junior Lites

The Winner of this division was James Davison.

 

Tyson Gibb

Samson Edwards

Riley Arabin

Michael West

Adam Pearsall

Scott Blundell - Who won the Junior Lites Feature race

James Besgrove

Ryan Izzard

 

Female

The Winner of this division was Shannon Fischer 

 

 

Seniors Open

The Winner of this division was Glen Segari.

 

Scott Abigail

Connor Whitney

Ben Ross

Josh Bell

Brad Morrison

Lachlan Kirk

Aaron Bingley

Dean Turner

Corey Banks

John Payton

Tim Macarthur

Scott Weber

Ian Hamilton

 

Senior Lites ( A & B Grade )

The winner of this division was Jon Prutti.

Glen Segari

Tim Macarthur

 

 

C Grade

The Winner of this division was Connor Whitney.

 

Josh Bell

Brad Morrison

Ryan Morrison

Aaron Bingley

Andrew Williams

 

 

Over 35's

The Winner of this division was Adam Bland.

Michael Turner

Rod Morrison

Brandon Tait

Ross Scarman

Kevin Reid

Ken Marsden

Andy Stiles

Ron Prutti

Jai Passlow

Ian Bingley

Ashley Baker

David Lutton

Dave Winchester

Andrew Woodman

Dave Morrison

Dan Oconnor

 

SIMON FENSOM MEMORIAL RACE

 

 

Thank you everyone for making this an amazing event. More photos from these big races can be viewed on this website link

www.deanthompsonphotography.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SMALL CAR, HUGE PERFORMANCE https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/11/small-car-huge-performance Last weekend we had organised for a group of friends to pop over for a run up the hill behind our house and stay for a quiet drink and a feed.  To my surprise we saw a little blue car screaming up our driveway like a little blue bullet. 

 

Ewen had recently acquired this awesome 2015 Mini Cooper S and you could tell by the sound of the engine that it had the special edition John Cooper Works Tuning kit.  There was no way that I was going miss out on a ride in this machine.

 

 

Before Ewen pulled out of the driveway, he switched the car into sports mode by using a remote control bluetooth device that he had in his hand.  Instantly the sound of the engines idle changed.  "This is going to be fun."  I thought to myself as we pulled out of the driveway onto the country road. 

 

 

The engine burbled as Ewen changed down the gears on the Steptronic Sports Automatic transmission and then the instant power when the accelerator was put to the floor.  The tuned-up Cooper S. power being boosted from 192bhp to 210bhp thanks to the improvements of the engine and the exhaust system.

 

 

A perfect way to spend a Saturday evening. Thanks Ewen for taking me for a spin.

 

 

Click on the photos to link you to the album of the afternoons photo shoot.

 

 

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PARKOUR COMMUNITY ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/11/parkour-community-enjoying-the-great-outdoors Last Sunday I met up with a couple of amazing people from the Canberra Parkour Community using the free public space around Lake Tuggeranong to it's full potential.  Parkour is an activity of moving rapidly through an area, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, climbing and rolling.

 

David Haines and Lluka Yohanni are members of the Canberra Parkour Community.  This community has been practising Parkour in Canberra for years.  Some people taking it seriously and training every day and others just getting out and enjoying the great outdoors when they can. 

" there is no competition with the community, just reaching your personal goals."  David Haines

 

Enjoying public areas for different uses than what they are designed for, Parkour involves seeing one's environment in a new way, and imagining the potential for navigating it by moving around, across, through, over and under its features. 

 

 

Lluka Yohanni started practising Parkour when she was 17 and for the last 3 years has improved her strength, efficiency, adaptability and self improvement.

  "I like parkour because it helps me build physical and mental strength and it makes me consistently challenge myself. I also really value the community that is built around parkour and the philosophy behind it".

 

Lluka trains a couple times a week in the afternoons or when she can fit it in between studying Medical Science at Uni, She tries to catch up fellow members of the Parkour Community when they have their monthly jam sessions, which could be anywhere in Canberra.

 

 

"Basically training parkour is about being able to respond in emergency situation, primarily to escape danger or reach someone who is in trouble."  after she practised her Rolls (Roulade) for the 100th time.

 

 

David Haines (Hainsey), Is 27 and has been practising Parkour since 2007.  You can see the confidence and the skills are there, although even he mentioned that there are times that some doubt creeps into his mind every now and again. 

" if only the water wasn't there I could jump these so easily."  David laughed as he was trying to better his record of how many concrete piers he could jump in a row.

 

 

 

As a Public servant David cant wait to get out of the office and challenge himself in these open areas.  Although very aware of the people around him and realising that this is a public place that they have to share with others.

" in these public areas, we are not the primary user of the area and we have to respect that."  David mentioned this as a large group of people stopped and watched him go through his manoeuvres.

 

Thank you Lluka, Hainsey and the Canberra Parkour Association for letting me spend the day with you.  You have definitely opened my eyes on the many opportunities out there that we all may take for granted.

 And remember.... "THERE IS NO SPOON" Matrix

 

CANBERRA PARKOUR ASSOCIATION

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/11/parkour-community-enjoying-the-great-outdoors Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:22:01 GMT
IT'S HOW BIG YOU ARE ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS. https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/its-how-big-you-are-on-the-inside Anthony Tedros is a great little fighter from IRONTIGER MARTIAL ARTS in Sydney.  People call Anthony 'THE POCKET ROCKET' as he is not the biggest fighter on the mat, although he has the biggest passion for the sport.

I first noticed Anthony back in 2015 when he was fighting at the Sydney Unified Taekwondo Championships.  Anthony was competing against a fighter a lot taller than himself.  Although that didn't stop Anthony from coming from behind and eventually winning this fight. 

 

 

In 2016 Anthony started to fight in the Black belt division.  His competitors getting taller and faster, although Coach Di Carn never gave up hope on Anthony's passion.

 

 

2017 Anthony started to fight in the Cadet division.  The age of the fighters in this division would be 13 - 15 years and the lowest weight category was under  33kg.  For Anthony who had only turned 13 and his weight was around 28kg, he would be fighting against boys who were 2 years older and alot heavier. 

 

ACT Cool Climate Classic at the AIS

 

Anthony has had a massive year competing in many International events including The New Zealand Open and just recently coming back from a tour in Canada.  Here he competed at the Commonwealth Championships and the Canadian Open with Iron Tiger team mates Bailey Chandler and Kate McAdam.

 

Bailey Chandle​r

 Kate McAdam

 

Only just returning from Canada, Anthony then competed in the Under 33kg Blackbelt division at the Australian Taekwondo Nationals in Bendigo.  It was a very entertaining match to watch, Anthony only just losing to MUSA's Sam Evans. 

 

 

Anthony's also expands his Martial Arts skills to involve Poomsae routines.  Which is a form of Taekwondo Patterns.

 

 

 

Well done Pocket Rocket for a big year so far.  You are a fantastic person with an awesome personalty,  a very entertaining fighter to watch.  The more experience you get on the mat, the better you will be.   I hope to catch up with you and the IronTiger Team later on this year at another competition.

 

More photos from the Nationals can be viewed at the link below

https://www.geosnapshot.com/e/2017-australian-national-championships 

 

Please enjoy all the albums I have on my website and..

'REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU ARE FAMOUS'...

 

 

 

 

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WINCHESTER'S GOING THE DISTANCE FOR SUPERCROSS. https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/winchesters-going-the-distance-for-supercross The Winchester's have packed the bikes and headed off for this massive 12 hour,  1170km  drive so Lachie can compete at Round 3 of The Australian Supercross Championships series this weekend in VIRGINIA South Australia. 

 

Lachie Winchester has been riding Motorbikes since he was two and a half.  His first bike was a Pee wee 50cc on Training wheels.   I have watched Lachie compete on the Motocross tracks and he is an amazing rider to watch.

 

 

This year Lachie has started racing in the Australian Supercoss Championships.  His first SX race was under lights at Jimboomba in Queensland, another 13 hour drive for the family.  This was an amazing experience for the entire family.  

  "Of all the years we have been racing it was the utmost nervous I have been. We have walked into this with no expectations, and walked out with an experience not many kids get!"  Dave Winchester.

 

 

Lachie who is the youngest one in his 13 - 16 yrs 85cc class will only get better with every race, and will soon be leading the pack. 

His family is always there for support.  When his dad has time he races his Susuki 250cc, Kaleb (Lachie's younger brother) who is 9 years old races his KTM 50cc and Katrina his mum is always volunteering her time to help out and at The ACT Motorcycle Clubs events.  (no photos of mum, she is always hiding from me).  

 

Dave Winchester on his Susuki 250cc

 

Kaleb Winchester on his KTM 50cc

 

Good luck to Lachie this weekend and for the rest of the Championship.

A Big thank you to the Lachie's sponsors,  without their support it makes it hard for young families to compete at this level.

 

Moss institute

Fred Senger @  Pro TMC

Canberra Motorcycle Centre

MPSigns

 

 

Enjoy the photos that I have on my website and As I have been saying to all the athletes...

 

'REMEMBER ME WHEN YOUR FAMOUS'..

 

 

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) act motorcycle club dean thompson photography motocross mxcross photography supercross https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/winchesters-going-the-distance-for-supercross Fri, 27 Oct 2017 23:37:35 GMT
YOUNG RIDERS FLYING HIGH AT THE AUS X OPEN. https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/young-riders-flying-high-at-the-aus-x-open On November 11 and 12 at the QUDOS BANK ARENA in Sydney.  Big named Supercross riders like Chad Reed and Jason Anderson will be competing for the Australian Supercross Open title.  Chad Reed competing in his home town for possibly the last time.

 

SETH MARSDEN a young rider from The ACT Motorcycle Club will have the opportunity to race for the first time in the same arena with these big names.  Seth was notified only the other day by his family, that he would be accepted to race in the KTM JUNIOR SUPER CROSS CHALLENGE.  

 

 

 

Seth is 8 years old and has been riding motorbikes since he was 1.  He didn't really start racing until a couple of years ago.  Racing in the Nippers class at the beginning of 2016 and had his first race in Div 2 later that year.

 




AusX selection was based on a number of factors.  Seth's age,  having at least 1 year of competition experience and an academic participation and achievement report.  Seth's principal from St. Gregory's in Queanbeyan provided his most recent school report and a letter to show his progression in school. 

Seth will be riding 2 practice sessions and a race on a 2017 KTM 50 SX motorcycle.  The 50 is being provided by KTM, as well as a professional pit crew.  KTM will also be providing him with a KTM PowerWear riding outfit.

 



 


Seth attends weekly coaching and has attended other coaching clinics in the state, including MOSS INSTITUTE OF MOTOCROSS AND SUPERCROSS.

Seth' achievements this year have been
- Canberra, with 1 round left to go he's currently sitting in 2nd place in Div 2 50cc and 2nd place in 7-u9 65cc

- Cooma overall he's placed 1st in both his Div 2 50cc and 7-u9 65cc

- Bega, with 1 round left to go he's currently sitting in 1st place for Div 2 50cc and 4th place in 7-u9 65cc

- Bathurst, raced 1 round there coming 1st place in Div 2 50cc and 3rd place in 7-u9 65cc

 

Seth also started racing his KTM 65cc this year.

 

Ken and Rowena Marsden have always supported Seth at home and at the tracks.  Ken also rides Motocross on his KTM 450.  Ken is always there at every race.  Rain, hail or shine and even snow.  Always giving Seth advice and encouraging words.

 

 

 

 

Joshua Bell is another rider from The ACT Motorcycle Club competing that weekend on bike No. 210.  Josh raced supercross last year as a junior and finished 6th overall , I asked Josh about his time on the curcuit last year "there were a lot of mistakes in the year but it was a good learning experience".

 

 

This year Josh has won All Powers, Opens and Lites at both the Young series and the Wannabrook series.  At Aus x open he will be racing his new KTM 450 sxf.

 

 

Sponsorship from KTM Australia, KSP off-road, Alpinestar, Troy-lee designs, Willmax graphics, Topline seat covers, Moterex oils, Pirelli tyres, Pro edge mx coaching, odi grips  had definitely helped him get to where he is today.

 

 

Josh is currently balancing a busy schedule of finishing his Year 12 at Gungahlin College, next year going to University to study teaching.  Also trying to do as much gym and track training as he possibly can.   Picking up valuable advice from John Prutti, Greg Moss and his closest coach.. Wayne Bell his dad.

 

 

 

Joshua, you are a great rider and a fantastic role model for these up and coming kids. 

Seth, this is a massive event and an amazing experience for a young rider.

Good luck to both of you and enjoy the awesome experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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dtphotography@bigpond.com (Dean Thompson Photography) act motorcycle club dean thompson photography motocross mxcross supercross https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/young-riders-flying-high-at-the-aus-x-open Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:33:36 GMT
AN EMOTIONAL THREE DAYS OF TAEKWONDO IN BENDIGO https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/an-emotional-three-days-of-taekwondo-in-bendigo It's over for another year.  Three big days of Taekwondo action for the Australian National Championships in Bendigo.  There were many winners on the weekend and unfortunately loser as well.  Although the big winners would be all the participant, families and Australian Taekwondo.

Chloe Borg from Global Martial Arts 

 

 

DAY ONE 

Day one was the coloured belt sparring divisions,  a massive day for many families who have travelled from all over Australia to watch their kids become National Champions.

William Richardson Whiteways Taekwondo

 

Riley Byrne - Elite Martial Arts

 

I had a chance to shoot the last few hours of the coloured belt finals.   Finishing Day 1 of the Australian Taekwondo Nationals with a fantastic final between Riley Byrne from Elite Martial Arts and William Richardson Whiteways Taekwondo in S.A.. Riley in the blue winning the final after 3 close rounds.

 

 

 

DAY TWO 

Day two started nice and early with all the Black Belts Sparring for the chance to be the best in Australia.  6 Courts were jam packed with competitors ready to win gold.  You could see amazing Martial arts skills from the young competitors. Throwing everything they had to win the fights.

 

Clubs from all over Australia travelled to this massive event.  Chloe Skey from Port Stephens Taekwondo was glad she made the journey to Bendigo,  Winning the Gold Medal in the 10 - 11 years 31/34 kg division. You can see the great relationship that she has with her coach and the love she has of the sport.

Chloe Skey from Port Stephens Taekwondo 

 

Emotions were running high as competitors were putting everything they had for three tough rounds, a lot of the time having to go to a fourth golden point round.  Where the first point scored wins the Gold medal.  For a young teenagers and the families this can be an amazing experience.

Aiden Stilley from  HALLS Taekwondo winning Gold in the  10-11 yrs  46/50 kg Division

 

It was amazing to see the great relationship the coaches have with their athletes.  The coaching staff from all the clubs have worked hard to prepare for this event.  Not only having to train one fighter, having to be there for the entire team.

 

It was a big day on Day 2 of the Nationals, as the last fight did not finish until 10.30pm that night.  Fighters using up all their energy trying to not lose points.  New rules and scoring had come in recently, deductions were scored more.  So going out or falling over would be penalised higher.  Meaning the difference in winning or losing.

Monique Britos from MAS scoring a lot of her points by forcing her opponent out of the court

 

Ben Camua from Prodigy Martial Arts sacrificing one point falling to gain a three point head kick.

 

 

A big thank you to the referees and judges on the day.  Many times putting their bodies on the line to keep the fight safe and even.


 

 

 

 

DAY THREE

Competition on day three was the chance to be National champion in Poomsae (Traditional Routines) and Freestyle Routines.  The day opened with a magical performance of the Traditional Poomsae 'Jitea'. This group of people may be from different clubs, although being long time friends, they have all trained hard together to show everyone the amazing art and beauty of Traditional Taekwondo.

 

 

After this performance an award was presented to Bronwyn Butterworth and Barry Jordan for the recognition of their World Championship Gold Medals at the 2016 World Poomsae Championships in Lima, Peru. Presented by Jack Rozinszky.

 

 

The day continued with 4 courts of Junior Martial artists performing the Poomsae routines.  Many kids in each divisions, any more than eight in a division had to go to a second round of qualifications.

 

 

It was great to see that the sport of Taekwondo was not only for the the kids, as there were Poomsae divisions for families to be able to compete together.

 

 

A competitor I have seen before and love his enthusiasm is Jack Arrah from ATI W.A, Jack competed in the Para - Poomsae event and was fantastic.  His bubbly personalty and his passion for Taekwondo was amazing.  Awesome to see.

 

Jack Arrah and Coach from ATI W.A

 

 

Half way through the day the Freestyle Poomsae divisions started.  I had a chance to photograph 10 year old, Harrison Benn from Australian Martial Arts Academy.  Harrison won the gold medal in this division.  His performance consisted of 540's, flying side kicks and to top it off...a massive running back flip. Amazing to watch, a direction that Taekwondo competitions are going to make them more entertaining to watch and compete.

Harrison Benn from Australian Martial Arts Academy

 

At the end of the day the Junior and Senior Black belts finals were amazing to watch. Both the men and women division were very competitive. 

 

 

Even though the competition is high,  these events are an amazing opportunity to create new friends across the continent and across the world.

Annette Thompson from ACT and Sarah Upton from WA

 

 

The Australian Taekwondo Nationals was a fantastic event to have the opportunity to photograph.  I had a chance to meet some amazing people and amazing competitors.  If you would like to view the albums that I have created of this event,  please press the link below and look under the three albums of  DEAN THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY. 

 

https://www.geosnapshot.com/e/2017-australian-national-championships 

 

Thank you again Australian Taekwondo and I hope I will see everyone again at the next event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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ACT POOMSAE TEAM TAKES ON NATIONALS. https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/10/act-poomsae-team-to-take-on-nationals This year Impact Martial Arts will be sending a small Poomsae team to compete at The Australian National Taekwondo Championships in Bendigo between the 6 - 8 October.   Many competitors from all over Australia will be travelling to Bendigo Victoria to compete in either Sparring, Poomsae , Creative Poomsae and Board breaking. 

The Impact Martial Arts team will consist of 

 

Annette Thompson

Annette is a 3rd Dan Blackbelt has been involved in Taekwondo ever since her kids and husband (me) started nearly ten years ago.  Annette works full time and is a mum of two children.  Annette is a highly active instructor at Impact Martial Arts.  Hopefully Annette is going to win her second National Championships trophy this Sunday.

 

 

Harry Costelloe

Harry is 15 years old and is one of the young Junior instructors for Impact Martial arts.  Since getting his Blackbelt he has travelled to Korea twice to train with the Korean Masters.  This man is someone to look out for now and in the future.

 

 

Gabby Caldrerazzo

Gabby is another one of Impact's up and coming young Poomsae Elite squad.  Gabby is 14 years old and has been doing Taekwondo for the past 6 years with all her family.  Gabby is a red Belt and hoping to get a medal at her first National competition. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Calderazzo and Tania Stein

 

 

Jenna Freeman

Jenna who is not afraid of competition, has been swimming for the past 16 years competitively and has reached the Olympic trials for the 10km open water.   Jenna has been participating in Taekwondo for the past year now, starting later than her brother, sister and mother.  She is very competitive like her twin sister who has decided to compete in the sparring side of this Martial Art.   Jenna is a Blue Belt who is also competing at her first Nationals. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Calderazzo and Tania Stein

 

 

Vasu Mahajan

Vasu is one of the youngest competitors in the Impact Poomsae squad. He is a blue belt and is competing in his first Nationals.   He was highly active with other sports like soccer and tennis,  although watching Vasu compete,  I can see he will do extremely well in this sport.  

Photo courtesy of Andrew Calderazzo and Tania Stein

 

 

GOOD LUCK to all the competitors at the Australian National Championships this year. I will be there taking photos and looking forward to seeing all the action.

 

 

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Australian Junior Motocross Championship 2017 https://deanthompsonphotography.com.au/blog/2017/9/ktm-australian-junior-motocross-championship-2017 This weekend riders from all over Australia will travel to Horsham VICTORIA, for The KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship  (AJMX) Titles. This championship will cover competition classes from 50cc Auto up to Junior Lites.

4 Junior riders from The ACT Motorcycle Club ( ACTMCC ) will be participating in this massive annual event, an event that is hoping to host over 450 young riders

 

 

FIN MANSON

I have known Fin since he was a baby,  starting riding when he was 3 on a Yamaha TTR 50. He has been getting better every race I watch him ride, never missing out on any of the motocross races around the state. This weekend he will be competing in 2 classes,  The 65 cc and the 85 cc classes.  As they say 'Work hard, train hard', this is what Fin has been doing.  Good luck this weekend Fin.

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PATRICK BARTON 

Patrick has been training for months for the Australian Junior Mx championships this weekend,  He will be riding in two divisions on his 125 KTM and also 85cc Husquavarna. Coming back even stronger from a small hand injury he suffered a few months ago in Young. Patrick's father Brett Barton will be there to support him through this major event. Brett is one of the co ordinators at the ACTMX track.  Always volunteering his time for the Junior riders.   Best of luck Patrick for this weekend


 

 

 

CONNOR AND JARROD WHITNEY

Connor and Jarrod will be busy this weekend riding three classes 85 - 14/u16 125 -15yo 250- 15yo. The boys have been putting in lots of training on and off the bike so let’s hope their conditioning holds out, the boys have been chosen to represent NSW in the NSW state team at the aussies this year which will be there last year as juniors and more than likely there last rides on there 85/125. Both the brothers are fantastic competition for each other, pushing themselves to the next level in racing.

CONNOR WITNEY

 

JARROD WITNEY  

 

Good luck to all the riders this weekend. Have fun, ride smart and bring home some trophies!!

 

 

 

 

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