Birchwood 4th-grader Preston Park is a National Champion

Preston Park at the 2018 World Taekwondo Jeju Korea Open.
Preston Park at the 2018 World Taekwondo Jeju Korea Open.
Preston Park at the 2018 USOC/USA Taekwondo National Championships.
Preston Park at the 2018 USOC/USA Taekwondo National Championships.
One of Three National Sportskids of the Month By Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine.
One of Three National Sportskids of the Month By Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine.

It’s been a very busy summer for Birchwood 4th-grader Preston Park. Preston brought home a total of 5 medals from National and International Taekwondo Championships and if that weren’t enough, Preston, who’s ranked first nationally in his age group for the Black Belt Division, has been selected by Sports Illustrated as their Sportskid Of The Month for August.

Preston won the Bronze in Black Belt Board Breaking when he broke all 30 pine boards within 3 minutes, and then won the Bronze in Black Belt WTF Individual Male Poomsae. He continued his winning streak earning a Gold Medal in Olympic Style Sparring as he finished up an impressive week at the 2018 USA Taekwondo National Championships, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Next, Preston represented the USA in the 2018 World TaeKwonDo Jeju Korea Open International TaeKwonDo Championships in Jeju, South Korea, where he won silver in Olympic Style Sparring. Preston went on to win the Bronze in Black Belt Poomsae making him the only athlete to win 2 medals out of 3000 athletes from all over the world.

Preston trains with Grand Master Woosang Jung for more than 25 hours per week at Jung’s Ultimate TaeKwonDo of Commack. Preston will proudly represent the United States in the World TaeKwonDo 2018 United States Open International TaeKwonDo Championships in January 2019.