INTA Nationals 2018 Report
The INTA held its annual National Championships in Gormanston sports complex 'Aras Preston' on Saturday 20 October. The hall had been set up with six 9x9m rings and one centre ring of 10x10, all which filled the width of the 100x50m hall nicely. Competitors from as far as Cork and Waterford, and from Northern Ireland, arrived early for the 9:45 start. At the line-up the 75 umpires were joined by Mr Condon (VI degree, Chief Umpire), Master Stobie (VII degree, Head of the Umpire Committee and Head Organizer), Master Fagan (VII degree), Master Donnelly (VII degree), Master Franks (VII degree), Master Martin (VIII degree), Master Douglas (VIII degree, Vice President of the INTA), and Grand Master O'Toole (IX degree, President of the INTA). After the introductions, all competitors of 13 years and under received their participation medal.
The tournament started off with the fun overhead kick for all those of 13 years and under. To get the younger children home as soon as possible, next up were the "8 years and under" divisions. Each division did patterns in their designated ring, immediately followed by sparring in that same ring. This was repeated for "9 & 10 years" thereafter, etc, with the 18+ senior divisions running in the late afternoon. We received very positive feedback on this running order, and will implement it in the upcoming INTA Open 2019 as well.
The tournament committee was delighted with the turnout of 450 competitors and 75 umpires. The overall standard of the tournament was very good, and all the coaches we spoke with during and after were happy with the tournament and the results they received.
The tournament committee would like to thank all those who came Friday night to help set up.
A special thanks to Master Stobie (VII degree), who steps down as Head of the Tournament Committee after many, many years of commitment and hard work. He will be replaced by two members of the Umpire Committee: Mr Condon (VI degree) took the role of Chief Umpire, and Mr Sheridan (III degree) joined us as fellow organizer. Master Stobie will continue his role of Head of the Umpire Committee of the INTA.