Letter to all Poomsae National Team members from last World Championships

March 29, 2013, 10:36 p.m. (ET)

To all Poomsae National team members for the past World Championships,

As you all know USAT has been going through some major changes in the last few months.  With the appointment of a new interim CEO, the election of the new Board of Directors and the appointment of a new National Team Coach, there are  certainly many changes going on with our NGB. Along with all these changes USAT has also taken account that Poomsae is a major asset to the organization and the athletes that have dedicated themselves to this discipline of our sport have become a valuable resource for them. The Athletes Advisory Council, which has traditionally been comprised of only sparring discipline athletes, is now also looking to expand their representation to include Poomsae athletes.

At this time the AAC is calling for an election of two Poomsae athletes to join the council. Unfortunately, the process of having this happen is on an extremely tight time schedule. The final election must be completed by Monday, April 1, in order for the Poomsae representatives to be involved in the selection of the AAC representatives to the USAT Board of Directors. Lynda Laurin, the current USOC Athlete representative, has been given the task of facilitating this election and has reached out to us for our cooperation in getting this important assignment done. Because Poomsae is a relatively new discipline for Taekwondo on a World level, the criteria for being eligible to run for this position and vote in the election will be based on participation at the World Poomsae Championships. Any athlete who is 18 years or older and has competed at any WTF World Poomsae Championship since 2006 is eligible to submit their name as a candidate for the AAC Poomsae position. Please notify Lynda Laurin at LLLTKD@GMAIL.COM of your intent to run for the position. This needs to be done immediately so that she can have a ballot sent to all eligible voters and receive them back by Sunday, March 31.

I understand that this is very short notice for an election of our representatives, but some circumstances just cannot be avoided. The main issue here is that we have an opportunity to have representation on the AAC and can help to  bring more awareness to the sport we have all dedicated ourselves to. Please take the time to be involved with the next step in getting Poomsae the recognition and representation in our NGB that we have all been working toward. This is an opportunity to move forward with USAT as it begins to restructure itself into a better NGB to serve Taekwondo in the U.S.

Thank you for being a part of this process,

David J. Turgeon
CT Chung Do Kwan
50 Parum Rd.
Colchester, CT  06415