Kamiak junior claims bronze medal at nationals

Curran’s next major competition is Korean National Sports Festival
By Kate Agbayani | Aug 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Ed Curran Fergus Curran (with blue shoes) celebrates winning the gold medal at the Korean American National Taekwondo Championships. His first-place finish qualified Curran for the 100th Korean National Sports Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 4-10 in Seoul, South Korea.

Kamiak High School junior Fergus Curran captured a bronze medal at the 2019 USA Taekwondo National Championships.

In order to qualify for the event, Curran finished first in the state qualifier tournament on March 16.

“My main accomplishment was to win a medal at nationals,” Curran said. “It felt like everything I did was worth it.”

The championships were June 27 to July 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Curran took up Taekwondo 10 years ago when he used to live in Guam. Now, he’s a second-degree black belt.

He’s been competing locally since 2011 and has been going to nationals since 2012.

In 2013, he won a bronze medal in the 2013 youth division.

Through his hard work, Curran was able to earn the title of USA Taekwondo All-American by USA Taekwondo. He is currently ranked eighth in the country.

Other tournaments Curran fought in earlier this summer were the Pan American Open on July 13, where he won bronze. He also captured a gold medal at the Korean American National Sports Festival July 20, in Seattle.

To prepare for nationals, Curran trained six days a week for two hours.

“I focused on being mentally prepared,” Curran said.

His father, Ed Curran, is proud of his son.

“He’s done really well at other big tournaments, but when it came to nationals it was a mental block,” Ed Curran said. “This is probably the best he’s ever competed. The improvement he made this year was just amazing.”

Curran is currently planning on competing in the 100th Korean National Sports Festival Oct. 4-10 in South Korea.

He is able to compete in this tournament because of the gold medal he won at the Korean American National Sports Festival.

The Korean American National Sports Festival is the largest sports event in the United States for the Korean community. The 100th Korean National Sports Festival is Korea’s largest athletic competition.

Curran’s future goal is to qualify for the World Taekwondo Championships or the Olympics.

Because of this drive to get to the top, Curran’s father can’t help but notice all the sacrifices he’s made over the years.

“He sacrifices pretty much all his free time and has little time to hang out with his non-taekwondo friends,” Ed Curran said. “He never complains and is driven to get to the top.”

Curran attends the Northwest Black Belt Academy in Lynnwood and is trained by taekwondo master Joe Whitworth and master Kevin Park.

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