Para-taekwondo is one of the newest sports for disabled people and makes its steps on the way to Paralympic Program 2020. On Sunday, on November 30, 2014 12 students came to Vienna to take part in International Para-taekwondo Seminar. Event was organized by the Austrian Taekwondo Federation (OTDV) in cooperation with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the Austrian Disabled Sports Association (OBSV).
Mrs. Terrie Moore, WTF Head of Classification, WTF Para-taekwondo Committee Member was invited to Austria to lead the seminar. The program was consisted from two parts: thoretical (first part of the day) and practical (second part of the day), where Matias Costa, Evelyn Smith-Wadda, and Masters Cesar Valentim and John McClelland shared their skills with the students. After the siminar participants were granted with certificates which allow them to work with athletes with mental disabilities like Mr. Dominik Radosztics, Austrian athlete who became a World Para-taekwondo Champion in Moscow, Russia in 2014.
At the seminar Austrian coach Mr. Luef marked: "This Seminar gave us opportunity to collect usefull information which is extremly needed to develop further para-taekwondo in the country."
The Prsident of the European Para-taekwondo Union (EPTU), Mr. Aleksandr Shlychkov says: "Step by step European countries promote and expand para-taekwondo within their territory organizing education courses, trainings and seminars. Such kind of events open up possibilities to improve skills in para-taekwondo for athletes, coaches, instructors and refereees. Para-taekwondo is a young kind of sport for people with disabilities and we try to do our best to teach it and practise in a right way."