Star Taekwondo Couple, Ernest and Catherine Orobor, celebrated their 4-year wedding anniversary today, a milestone which has caused the taekwondo community to giggle and rejoice alongside with the beloved duo.

Ernest Orobor, a policeman by profession, and the Chairman of the NTF Athlete’s committee was the former national middle weight who is well decorated with golden medals throughout his taekwondo career.

Ernest [First from left] during a recent team championships.

In addition to many other medals won, some of his accomplishments include being: a 4-time Gold Medalist of the Nigeria Police Games [2016, 2013, 2008, 2006], a 4-time Gold Medallist of the Inspector General of Police Cup [2017, 2004 and  2001 [2 Gold]; a Gold medallist at the West African Police Games in 2008, represented Nigeria at the 2007 All African Games and qualified to the 2011 All African games camp; winning a Silver at the 2012 CCSF international Taekwondo Open, a Gold at the 2010 Agoma open, double gold medallist at the 2017 and 2013 Lagos Classics, and a gold at the 2017 Korean Ambassador’s Cup.

Additionally, Ernest has been the captain of the Nigeria Police Taekwondo team since 2013. He started taekwondo in October 2000 under Master Sunday Igbinedion, as part of unarmed combat at the police college Ikeja. Since then, he has trained with established coaches like Sunday Igbinedion, Usuf (baba osun), Charity Igbinedion, Olushina, Peters Awodi (current police team coach) and Edward Ikekhua (Osun state coach).

His star wife, Catherine Orobor, is a former National medalist, having won a Silver at the Imo 1998 National Sports Festival and a Bronze at the Edo 2000 National Sports Festival, and then became the National Champion when she won a Gold at the 2006 Ogun State National Sports Festival. In addition to winning several other national tournaments, she went on to become National University Champion, when she won a Gold at the 2007 Maiduguri NUGA Games, and made the national camping for the 2007 All African Games, where she met her heart throb. She is currently the Taekwondo Secretary in the Cross River State Sports Council, as well as a member of the NTF Women’s Committee.

Kate [in red corner] delivering a head shot during National Sports Festival

Reacting to the anniversary, an energetic and blushing Catherine gushed about the first moments that led to the union.

“We first got talking during the 2007 All African Games camp when the both of us were trying to clinch the ticket to represent the country. There was nothing going on at all. In fact, I was in awe of Ernest and used to call him ‘Big Bros’. I did not know that he was there eyeing me. After I was decamped after the camp trials, he kept on calling and we kept talking and that is how one thing led to another”

The shy Ernest collaborated the love story when he admitted that there were no such attempts at the national camp to woo his wife.

“It is true that it was after she had left camp that I started making the moves. It is the best move I had ever made in my life and the best medal I have won. It was a superb checkmate for me”

The lovebirds have been one of Nigeria Taekwondo’s powerful stories with their individual achievements in the sport and their continued contributions to the development of the sport in various ways.

Congratulating the couple of the milestone, the NTF President Mrs Margaret Binga, showered praise on their contributions to the sport as couples and as individuals, and lauded their relationship as an example to sporting couples.

“I wish the Orobors well. They are a very pleasant and gentle couple that are beloved amongst the Nigeria Taekwondo Community. Their contributions to the sport as individuals and as a couple is inspirational and I hope many others can learn from their selfless contributions. I wish them many more years”

The popular couple is blessed with a daughter, Hannah.