UNAIR NEWS – Student Activity Unit (UKM) of Taekwondo Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) has successfully won 14 gold medals, two silver medals, two bronze medals, and the best athlete award in national competition, Mahameru II Taekwondo Open Tournament.
UNAIR Taekwondo Club sent its 18 best athletes in the competition held on 17 – 18 February 2018 at GOR Wira Bhakti, Lumajang, East Java. The best athlete award was given by Kurniawan Bimo, a student of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) 2015.
First place winner in Poomsae Senior Class Geup 4-3 Mitra Teguh Cahyono said that at the beginning of departure, he and other athletes had targeted to bring home the gold medal. Apparently, the results were better than expected.
“Our initial target is gold. But we do our best, whatever the outcome is the result of our hard work. Everyone has done their best, “explained Mitra.
Mitra continued, during the preparation, the athletes had practiced three times a day, in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. They had physical exercise in the morning, technical training in the afternoon, and a try out in the evening practice. They prepared seriously for the competition.
“At the beginning, there was a lot of nervousness, because we overthought about it,” said Mitra.
From these circumstances, Silvester as the coach kept motivating the athletes so they did their best and not too ambitious.
“Having motivated by my coach, I realized being ambitious was fine, but do not let the ambition took over determination and our motto that makes us special and respected as Airlangga Warriors,” explained Mitra.
Mitra said that they faced many obstacles during the competition. Some athletes were almost fainted, some were injured during matches, had shortness of breath in the middle of the game, and injuries in the final game.
However, Mitra said there was nothing to be feared of as Airlangga Warriors. They encouraged each other that the obstacles are challenges to be faced, not a reason to give up before trying.
“Outdo your limit, ignore the insults, and keep working. Do and keep your passion as long as it does not harm others. Let our works define us, ” Mitra said. (*)
Author: Hilmi Putra Pradana
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh