Canberra's Ben Mott and Scott Bower. Photo: Melissa Adams
Canberra's entrants at the Unified Taekwondo Open World Championships have helped Australia to its most successful international event.
The group, which included Canberra’s Ben Mott and Scott Bower, returned from London with a total of 68 medals from the event, including 33 gold, as well as six world champions across the different divisions.
While Ireland won overall based on the sheer size of its squad, Australia brought home the most medals per person average out of all the teams that competed at the event.
Bower, who is the Australian coach, returns a world champion, and said he was proud of the way his team performed.
‘‘It was [Australia’s] most successful yet,’’ Bower said.
He believes the key to the success was the team’s bond.
The team trained together as a squad for three weeks prior to the tournament.
‘‘It was an incredibly supportive environment. Everyone had a rocket of a time, ’’ Bower said.
Ben Mott, who claimed both a gold and bronze medals, said he was proud of his debut performance at the championships, but would be more prepared next event and was confident of even more success.
‘‘Nerves got the better of me,’’ Mott said.
‘‘It’s pretty intense. Some of them don’t look like much but they are absolute ninjas.’’