Now that we are more than halfway through semester 2, the exciting activities from the beginning of the year may have faded to a fond, distant memory. But let us take a moment to simply reflect on one of the significant annual events – Camp at Sokil for the fifth year in the running!
Committee members have wracked their minds to devise innovating games such as the team spirit-building (or annihilating) balloon stomp, the competitive Easter egg hunt, and not to forget beautiful Bob the Pinata, who unfortunately met a rather bitter end with much love and sweetness. Of course old traditions must still be upheld, where playing old school board games, watching movies, stargazing, partying/drinking/dancing through the night played a major role in the entertainment aspect.
Thanks to Tuan sabomnim, training was up to standard, involving freezing early morning jogs, resistance band kicking and self defence classes.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne (where some were suffering withdrawal symptoms from the literal lack of connection), friendships were formed and bonds strengthened in this little campsite. With 2018 just ahead, it’s now time to get pumped for yet another dose of outback TKD!
Jessica Zhuang (Vice-president)
Annual Victorian Inter University Championship (VIUC) was successfully held on the 29th of July, 2017 at Nona Lee Sports at Melbourne university. The event, co-organised by Melbourne and Monash universities, had a great turnout with over 100 competitors from Latrobe Uni, Melbourne Uni, Monash Uni, RMIT Uni, Swinburne Uni and Victoria Uni. The friendly competition was aimed to provide an opportunity for members to apply the skills they have learned, realise their strengths and weaknesses and help them prepare for the upcoming Australian University Games on 24th September.
We hope that you had a great learning experience, made new friends and enjoyed the atmosphere, even if you woke up with numerous bruises and pain the next day. You all rock! We would also like to extend our warm gratitude to volunteers from all the universities for helping us run the event successfully.
Blossom Nang (Secretary)
As the year winds down, we thought a recap of the hectic year would be a nice way to finish things off. Every week up until our AGM, the committee will be reflecting on some of the highlights of the year.
Reflection #1 (Geremy Cao, President)
First off, a very special mention to Christine Li. Our much loved former president was awarded the “Clubs Personality of the Year” for the year 2016. When looking at the criteria for the award, I immediately thought she should be recognised for the way she handled and ran the club. See below for what I wrote for her on the nomination form. We love you very much Christine , thank you for your hard work!!
Why is this Personality deserving of this award? (Max 150 words)
Christine Li is a very caring and compassionate human being, leading to her nickname of ‘Mother Hen’ within the club. Her human-centric approach, ability to lead and mentality of doing her very best are some of her many admirable traits. Her traits have translated well into being the president of Melbourne University Taekwondo Club (MUTKD) in 2016 and we believe her service to the club goes beyond what is expected from a 20 year old student, as evidenced by the major duties listed above. Her forward thinking has set the club and its members up for success for the coming years. Subsequently, Christine’s tenure as president has been unanimously lauded by members as not only a success, but as one of the most successful periods for the club.