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2018 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & 2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST/SELECTION DOCUMENT: 2018 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & 2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT

Taekwondo New Zealand (TNZ) is finalising selections for the Junior World Championships (JWC) over the coming weeks. This tournament will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia from 9th – 13th April, 2018.

TNZ is, in the first instance, seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from players / athletes who would like to be considered for selection in the 2018 JWC.

If selected, TNZ will also be requiring a commitment from the player’s and their parents to:

  1. A 2017-2018 summer training programme which will involve clubs, instructors and TNZ.
  2. The costs that will be involved in preparing for, and traveling to the JWC in Tunisia.

From the players selected for the 2018 Junior World Championships, TNZ will be assessing whether any will be put forward for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Qualifier that is also being held in Tunisia from 6th – 7th  April 2018.

NZ can only put forward 3 male and 3 female players for the YOG Qualifier, and if selected for this separate tournament TNZ will be requiring a commitment from the player’s and their parents to:

  1. A 2018 training programme which will involve clubs, instructors and TNZ.
  2. The costs that will be involved in preparing for, and traveling to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October, 2018.

TNZ is not committing to select a full team for the 2018 Junior World Championships. It is also not committing to select 3 male and 3 female players for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier.

All junior athletes / players will need to be able to demonstrate a history of good performances in national and international tournaments and show that they can compete at the high levels required at the 2018 JWC and YOG Qualifier.

In order to be considered for selection for the 2018 Junior World Championships (Tunisia, April 2018), players must be born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2003. You must be a Kukkiwon Dan or Poom certificate holders. You must be a current registered member of TNZ. You must be a World Taekwondo Global Athlete Licence holder.

In order to be considered for selection for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (Buenos Aires, October 2018), players must be born between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002. You must be a Kukkiwon Dan or Poom certificate holder. You must be a current registered member of TNZ . You must be a World Taekwondo Global Athlete Licence holder.

The 2018 Junior World Championships weight divisions will be as follows:

Male:
Under 45kg / Under 48kg / Under 51kg / Under 55kg / Under 59kg / Under 63kg / Under 68kg / Under 73kg / Under 78kg / Over 78kg

Female:
Under 42kg / Under 44kg / Under 46kg / Under 49kg / Under 52kg / Under 55kg / Under 59kg / Under 63kg / Under 68kg / Over 68kg

When expressing your interest, please confirm the weight division you would like to be considered for.

Note that if there is more than one player in your weight division, and you are all at the required standard, TNZ will make selections based on past performance, commitment to training and possibly a one-off knock out selection tournament – to be held before the end of 2017 or in early 2018.

As everyone is aware, the 2017 TNZ Nationals was to play a part in the selection of the 2018 JWC team. Because this tournament has been postponed to February 2018, TNZ is now going through the process described above.

All those wanting to be considered for selection must be a TNZ member as of Wednesday 1 November 2017, and must express their interest by Friday 3 November 2017 by email to your respective District Board:

northerndb@taekwondonz.com

centraldb@taekwondonz.com

southerndb@taekwondonz.com

This document will be shared via email directly to clubs, and across all social media channels available to TNZ. Please ensure that it is also shared amongst your Taekwondo community.

More details will be sent out to all interested parties over the coming weeks.

JWC TRAINING

TNZ will be working with the players, their parents, their clubs and TNZ coaches on the training programme for the 2018 JWC. TNZ managers, coaches and trainers haven’t been appointed yet, but our goal is that everyone will be involved in a blending of ideas and concepts and transfer of knowledge. No-one will be excluded.

Depending on the locations of selected players, we expect 4 summer training camps to be held in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.

COSTS

Our conservative estimate of the costs involved in being selected for 2018 Junior World Championships is approximately $5000 per person. This includes the summer training sessions, gear and equipment, and of course flights and accommodation costs in Tunisia. This is a rough estimate, there are still some details we need to finalise, but this provides some guide to the budget you will need. Once the team is selected we will work with players and parents on finalising these details.

TUNISIA

It is important that all players and their parents are aware of the current political situation in Tunisia. Although it is a democratically elected government and is making progressive advances across all areas of society, it is in a difficult area of the world and the New Zealand Government has placed a travel warning for its citizens travelling to that country.

Tunisia is currently classed as a high risk destination on the NZ Govt’s Safe Travel website https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/tunisia  where it says; “There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Tunisia due to the threat of terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.”

However TNZ expects all athletes and their supporters to be well protected and have asked for more information from World Taekwondo on their plans. The country is opening up to tourists from Europe again, and there are a number of international events being held in the country.

The Junior World Championships are being held in Hammamet, which is in one of the safest areas of the country; but regardless we will be encouraging all athletes and their families to make sure they are well informed about the destination, and are comfortable travelling there.

2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES – QUALIFIER AND SELECTION

It is important to note that if selected for the qualification tournament in Tunisia an athlete will have to place in the top 8, in order to win a qualification spot at the Youth Olympic Games.

However this will not guarantee selection on the New Zealand Youth Olympic Team. The NZOC makes the final decision on selection for the games, across all sports, and Taekwondo may not be part of their selection. TNZ would advocate on a players behalf if they have qualified, but qualification in Tunisia does not guarantee selection for Buenos Aires.

TNZ will provide estimated costs for attending the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in early 2018, so that athletes and parents can make an informed decision.

DISCLAIMERS AND WAIVERS

TNZ will be sending out all relevant medical disclaimers and waivers to selected athletes and their parents to sign. This is an important part of the process, and covers everything from the training camps to attendance at the JWC. It is important everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities, and we will work with you on keeping all involved up to date and informed.

ATHLETE / PLAYER PATHWAY

Please note that the 2018 Junior World Championships is part of a pathway towards national representative selection at higher levels in the future. Over the coming weeks we will be outlining TNZ forward planning and selection policies for the 2018 Oceania Championships, 2018 Poomsae World Championships, the Senior World Championships in 2019, and the 2020 Olympic Games to name but a few.

TNZ’s ongoing focus is to work with all athletes in planning their pathway forward, supporting them in their goals and ensuring that they have a clear vision of what they need to do in order to reach these goals. New roles are being created at TNZ that will allow the athletes to contact and talk to someone whenever they want to, and work with TNZ as well as New Zealand’s other high performance sports bodies on their development as an athlete.

If you have any questions please contact your local District Board:

northerndb@taekwondonz.com

centraldb@taekwondonz.com

southerndb@taekwondonz.com

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL TNZ SELECTION DOCUMENT

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