It was so exciting but sad at the same time. I just didn’t want the whole experience to be over. I met so many incredible people from all around the world. I got to talk to some of real TKD legends of all times. It felt surreal being in the circle of these world class athletes and my coach Mr. LeGrow reminded me that now I was one too. He was very good at introducing me to everyone and that was extra special. I have watched these people for years on their Youtube video’s learning and copying their sparring and pattern styles.
It’s funny how no countries speak to each other prior or during competition. The organizing committee did a great job keeping the countries separated by booking them into different hotels and booking the training sessions at different times.
Now that it is over everyone mingled around and shared stories and addresses. Everyone was trading their doboks, track suits or whatever else they had. I was so glad that I brought a lot of stuff to trade. It was a lot of fun. People were quite aggressive for certain items.
At the end of the Closing Ceremonies the New Zealand Male Team gave us a treat of their National Dance. It was powerful and exciting. The crowd went nuts.
No one went to bed after the ceremonies. It was right off to the ‘after party’. OMG it was fun. It was weird being one of the youngest people there since it was for all ages. It was quite an experience 🙂 Everyone has trained so hard for so many months, have made so many sacrifices to get here and now that it’s all over it’s time to relax, enjoy and celebrate.
At the airport no one wanted to say good-by. I miss all my friends already.
It took us 40 hours to get home and we are all exhausted with the time change and not going to bed for a couple days. When I got home my house was all decked out with posters, flags, balloons, streamers and cards. Apparently my grandpa and cousins started it but then as the neighbours went by they kept adding things. Very cool!