Taekwondo News

Jack Woolley, OFI Paris Scholarship Recipient

December 20, 2022
DESPITE being Irish Taekwondo’s first and only Olympian Jack Woolley always uses the pronoun “we” to describe his remarkable sporting journey. The sole high performance flagbearer for his sport for half a decade deliberately uses the plural to acknowledge the contribution of his parents and coach Robert Taaffe. But now Woolley’s “we” is including the […]

Jack Woolley Inspires 400 Children at the Kids Camps

July 15, 2022
Over the summer 400 children each week get the Olympic experience as they trial a selection of sports that are on the Olympic programme. The Sport Ireland Campus Kids Camps, in partnership with Allianz Ireland and Team Ireland allows children to dream big, and provides opportunities for them to experience sports that they ordinarily may […]

Paris Scholarship Recipients in Profile

June 8, 2022
Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics)Rhasidat (who doesn’t turn 20 until August 2022) is from Tallaght and is already blazing a trail for Irish sprinting. In 2018, aged just15, she became the European Youth (U18) 200m champion in Hungary. In 2019 she won double sprint gold at the European Youth Olympics in Baku. In July 2021 she became […]


July 24, 2021
Morning report from Team Ireland on Day One of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games It was a jam-packed morning of action for Team Ireland at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with athletes from rowing, gymnastics, boxing and taekwondo all in action, while the men’s road race is currently still taking place in cycling. BOXING Kurt […]

SECOND Team Ireland Tokyo 2020 Team Announcement – Jack Woolley

March 18, 2021
Taekwondo Athlete Confirmed as Team Ireland Member for Tokyo Olympic Games Taekwondo athlete Jack Woolley has become the second Team Ireland athlete to be selected for the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. From Tallaght, Dublin, Woolley is the first athlete to be confirmed on the Irish team for Tokyo since the postponement of last year’s […]


December 18, 2020
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) is pleased to announce the first three sports that have been officially confirmed from the previously announced provisional list of sports, that will make up a comprehensive and varied sports programme, including a number of Olympic Sports, for the European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023. Canoe, Taekwondo and Modern Pentathlon have been […]

Olympic Weekly Updates 17 Dec

December 17, 2020
In our final update for 2020 we have a few competition updates for you from our Olympic family. The focus of our interview of the week today is three time Olympian Chloe Magee in Badminton. Chloe competes with her brother Sam Magee in the Mixed Doubles and is currently just outside Olympic qualification. Competing is […]

Taekwondo European Championships Olympic Weights 2020

December 17, 2020
After 9 months out of the competitive ring, Ireland’s Jack Wooley made a return to the taekwondo octagon in Bosnia & Herzegovina participating in the final event of the year the European Championships Olympic Weight Categories. The event which was run under strict Covid-19 protocols saw many of Europe’s elite gather in what was to […]

European Bronze for Jack Woolley

December 11, 2020
Taekwondo ace Jack Woolley has won a bronze medal at the Taekwondo European Championships - Senior Olympic Weight Category in Bosnia & Herzegovina in the -58kg. His event was on the 10 December 2020. This was the Tallaght athlete's first competition back since the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a podium finishing position. Breakdown of results: […]

Olympic Weekly Update 10 Dec 2020

December 10, 2020
In the final flurry of competitions before Christmas, Irish athletes will be in action this week in a couple of sports. The focus of our interview of the week today is Felix English, the Irish track cyclist who together with Mark Downey qualified a spot for Ireland in the Madison earlier this year. He talks […]

Olympic Sport Update - 3 December 2020

December 3, 2020
This week’s update includes a number of activities across our Olympic community – with international competitions taking place in Taekwondo, Golf and Cycling, all detailed below. Also, this week’s interview is with Judoka Megan Fletcher, who is currently sitting inside Olympic qualification in 14th place – she talks about training in her parent’s garden centre […]

Olympic Sport Update - 26 November 2020

November 26, 2020
Last weekend we had a number of highlights from Equestrian and Golf, with a round up of those medal winning performances from Eventer Cathal Daniels and Golfer Stephanie Meadows. This weekend will be another relatively quiet one, and we have also included an interview with Jack Woolley who is preparing for his first competition since […]

US Open Gold for Jack Woolley

February 28, 2020
Jack Woolley wins US Open Taekwondo Championship at the ESPN Wide World Of Sport in Orlando this evening. It came down to  golden point in the final against World #2 Jesus Tortosa after a nailbiting 3 rounds ending 25-25. Other scores today were:   US OPEN DAY 1 UPDATE Jack Woolley R1 - Bye R2 […]

Silver for Woolley in US Open Taekwondo Championships

March 4, 2019
In the early hours of this morning Team Irelands Jack Woolley made the podium at the US Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas. The silver medal at this G2 ranking event gives him 12 important world & Olympic ranking points towards Tokyo 2020 and comes off the back of his recent Gold medal in Turkey […]

Taekwondo Gladiators Battle in Rome

June 6, 2018
The most prestigious tournament in the senior Olympic Taekwondo Calendar this year to date aptly had the motto ‘Making History’. The Roma Grand Prix was held in Foro Italico an amphitheatre like venue a stone’s throw from the Stadio Olympico in Rome. Ireland’s Jack Woolley was as per the motto, attempting to ‘Make History’ in […]

Austrian Open Taekwondo 2018

June 1, 2018
Jack Woolley of Taekwondoireland and Team Ireland returned to Innsbruck, Austria for the World Ranking Austrian Open. The event which is set in the picturesque city of Innsbruck which hosted the 1964 & 1976 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics had other Olympic interest last weekend as Taekwondo took over the […]

Irish at The World Taekwondo European Club Championships and Turkish Open

February 15, 2018
Irish Taekwondo Athletes started their 2018 international schedule with a double header in Turkey where 2 events were held in the WOW Istanbul Airport Convention Centre. The World Taekwondo European Club Championships were held from Febuary 6th-9th followed immediately by the Turkish Open from 10th-14th. Both events had massive attendances with many hoping to kick-start […]

December Sports Roundup

December 22, 2017
  ROWING WORLD champions Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll have made the decision to sacrifice the possibility of winning more major international titles in the coming two years to try to fulfil their Olympic dream. The Skibbereen duo swept the boards as a lightweight pair this year, winning World and European titles as well as […]

Taekwondo Gold in Morocco

December 2, 2015
Taekwondo Ireland’s Jack Woolley was on the road again hunting points for the Olympic Qualifiers coming in January. His last ranking event of the year was based in Agadir, Morocco at the 1st Moroccan Open Championships. The team flew to Marrakesh and drove south to the host city. In his -54kg division Jack was seeded 2nd due […]

Silver Medal at the European Taekwondo Junior Championships

October 29, 2015
The end to a glittering junior career occurred in Daugavpils, Latvia at the Junior European Championships where South Dublin Taekwondo [SDTKD] athlete Jack Woolley competed in the youth section for the last time. Jack who fought in -55kg Junior, had 5 matches in this event with the best in Europe attending. With no seeding in […]

Taekwondo Medal for Woolley

September 7, 2015
Ireland’s Jack Woolley won a Silver medal in the Israel Taekwondo Open G1 competition to add to his 3rd place Bronze medal achieved in Poland last week. Jack Woolley was unlucky not to take a gold medal as the final match went to a draw and a subsequent golden point round where he narrowly missed out to […]

Aboud performs well in Taekwondo

June 18, 2015
Excellent performance from 19 year old Chloe Aboud this morning against World Number 1 Elin Johansson in the women's 67kg. Aboud grew in confidence as the rounds progressed and put the world champion under a lot of pressure in the third round in particular. Aboud won the last round 4-3 but lost the overall contest […]

2015 World Taekwondo Championships

May 21, 2015
The Irish Taekwondo Union were represented at the World Taekwondo Federation [WTF] World Championships by 5 players who competed from 12-18th May at the Tractor Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia. Local athlete & April Sportsperson of the Month, Jack Woolley was in action on 22nd May in his -54kg division. The youngster, still a junior in age […]

Taekwondo Medals for Ireland

February 3, 2015
Irish athlete Jack Woolley has taken a Bronze medal at the prestigious world ranking Taekwondo Championships in Florida. Woolley, a native of Tallaght in Dublin, turns 17 in September and as such is eligible to compete at junior and senior level this year. The US open was his first competition as a senior on the road to […]

Taekwondo Ireland’s Jack Woolley takes Gold at the Croatian Open

November 17, 2014
The Irish Taekwondo Union had some great success at one of Europe's Largest ranking events on November 15th where Jack Woolley (16) competed in Zagreb at the 20th Croatian Open in the Junior -51kg Division. Jack, who narrowly missed out on attending this years Youth Olympics progressed through the rounds with substantial scoring from his […]

All Ireland International Taekwondo Championships 2014

September 30, 2014
The Irish Taekwondo Union (ITU) held their All Ireland International Championships in The Arena, Tallaght, Dublin last weekend which incorporated the 2nd Korean Ambassadors Cup.  The event was a joint venture between the ITU and their Northern Ireland Counterparts and also featured Technical competitions. Pat Hickey attended the event and met with Ambassador Park from […]

World Junior Taekwondo Championships

March 13, 2014
Jack Woolley travels to Taipei on Sunday 16th March to represent Ireland at the Junior World Taekwondo Championships and the qualifying tournament for the Youth Olympic Games. Since joining ITU club, South Dublin Taekwondo,  he has gone from strength to strength under Master Robert Taaffe. During the past 5 years not only has he won […]

European Games Baku 2015 Sport Qualification Systems

February 2, 2014
We are pleased to attach the Sports Qualification Documents (version 1.0) for 16 of the sports which are confirmed for the inaugural European Games in Baku 2015. These documents may be liable to some small changes and clarifications by the European Federations and we will inform you of these as they happen. Update: Please click […]

Irish Open Korean Ambassadors Cup

September 20, 2013
Athletes from Dublin, Wexford, Kerry, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Laois, Northern Ireland and Netherlands recently took part in the Irish Taekwondo Union Irish Open at the Tallaght Arena. The ITU is the sole body responsible for the promotion and development of World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Olympic style, Taekwondo within Ireland. The WTF are the largest […]

Irishman Conor Grassick gets gold at the Belgian open

April 12, 2013
Source: Irish Taekwondo Union Success for Irishman Conor Grassick at the A Class Belgian International Open Ireland’s WTF Olympic Taekwondo player Conor Grassick brought home Gold from the A Class Belgian Open last weekend having beaten 6 international athletes throughout the day. Grassick, who fights in the Senior Male -63kg category, had an early start […]





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