Tirana - Albania G1

Another memorable occasion on the 21/22 September 2019 was marked by two athletes’ participation in the international G1 Open in Tirana, Albania as part of the national Team.

Brothers Jake and Thomas Govus participated as part of the Malta Taekwondo Federation contingent spearheaded by national coach Mr Mauro Busuttil, registering two fights at ranked level.

Jake Govus was the first athlete to compete, drawing the Greek Aristeidis Kokalas in his 21-man group. The bout turned a few heads as the pair hammered away at each other in a close two rounds that saw them on par with each other within the first few rounds. A technically executed headshot from Kokalas, however had created some distance in the scoreline, making it difficult for Govus to catch up, ending the score at 9 - 15 for Greece.

Brother Thomas Govus competed in the cadet - 37 kg category, drawing Arten Demaj (ALB) in his quarter final fight. Using his significant height advantage, the Albanian was able to acquire an initial lead in the first round after scoring a few head shots. However, within the first round, Thomas Govus was able to tighten the gap after he scored a sublime spinning kick to the chest. Following that, the fight was one to remember, as Govus added his trademark pace to the game in what turned out to be one of highest scoring matches. The match ended at 20-36 in favor of the Albanian athlete.

The Santa Venera Taekwondo athletes competed alongside athletes Kylie Magro, Shania Magro, Jerome Vassallo and Joel Genuis, who hail from two other Maltese clubs.

The brothers returned home and back to training on Monday 23rd in preparation for future events. Santa Venera Taekwondo wish to congratulate the brothers on a job well done and for being such an inspiration to their Taekwondo family at the SVT dojang.

Thomas Govus (Cadet, - 37 kg) competing in the Tirana, Albania G1

Thomas Govus (Cadet, - 37 kg) competing in the Tirana, Albania G1