The Oslo Wushu Open 2015 Great Success!
On March 14th, with 11 participating countries, including seven official national teams and over 30 medalists from former European and world championships present at the event, Norwegian youth got their first glimpse of Chinese Wushu at the highest international level.
Norway's own top athlete and reigning EWUF European taiji champion (24 forms) Milos Joksimovic took home three gold medals.
Swiss National Team member Rebecca Beuggert won two gold medals.
This is the fourth time Norway has hosted the Oslo Open International Wushu Championships, but this year we saw the number of competitors rise massively as we decided to pull it up a notch. A new arena was booked, spotlights installed, and we're now also finalizing the TV production from the event which will be broadcasted on Norwegian National Sports Networks.
Michele Giordano from Italy, several times EWUF European champion and IWUF ambassador at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics, took home the gold medal in Nanquan.
The Belarussian team took home the overall best association award, and the best junior award went to their reigning IWUF junior world silver medalist Kseniya Bakumova.
With good organization, skillful time management according to a tight schedule, high level wushu and great sportsmanship from all athletes and leaders, it became a fantastic event. The children's category from 6-12 years old especially had an excellent turnout with over 35 athletes competing, where no one left empty handed and all got souvenirs to bring home.
Former IWUF junior world champion Sam Mak from Great Britain became the overall best athlete and won the grand champion award.
Hungarian athlete Hajnalka Molnar took a medal in the taiji categories.
Valeriya Davidenko from Latvia took home three medals from the event.
Poland participated with over 10 athletes who did the traditional southern style Choy Li Fut (Cailifo).
For me being the national junior team manager and coach who tries to develop a new generation of high level athletes in Norway this is a priceless experience for our young talents. To see, warmup, and compete with great athletes will also help our young team to further develop their passion, skills and pride in doing wushu. And being able to do so at our own doorstep -- not needing to travel all over the world -- is even more inspiring. Competitions like this will make my job easier to motivate our youth national team to train so hard that they can make the World and European junior championships.
Swedish National Team coach, Romain Schwab also competed in the Nanquan categories and took home two medals.
We finished off the day with a fantastic gala dinner at Cafe Europa in down town Oslo where all the special prizes were awarded. On the menu was the world famous Norwegian salmon, while some chose to eat a hamburger instead. Many of the competitors said they are already looking forward to next year.--- written by Kim A. Gibson
Tim Sastrowiardjo from the Netherlands who is the reigning EWUF European taiji champion (compulsory forms) and bronze medalist from the 2014 Nanjing Youth Wushu Tournament won both taiji categories and even also took medals in the external categories.
Nicolas Pau from the Belgium Wushu Team.