This Valentine’s/Family Day weekend, taekwondo athletes from across the country and around the world participated in Canada’s only world ranking event prior to the summer’s PanAm Games, the Canada Open Taekwondo Championships. The YC high performance team was there in full force as we had athletes competing in Cadet(U14), Junior(U18) and Senior divisions. An elite competition, our athletes faced off against the best earning ten medals total in the event held in Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.
Hard earned Bronze medals were awarded to Bernard Lorde (Sr M -68kg), Nicolas Araujo (Cdt M -53kg) and Austin Morgan (Cdt M +65kg). Yvette Yong (Sr F -46kg), Siddhartha Bhat (Sr M -63kg) and Justyn Sengkhounmany (Cdt M -37kg) fought valiantly and went home with Silvers. The biggest highs were from the Gold medal performances of Annan Abu Salha (Jr M +78kg), Odysseus Petropoulos (Cdt M -57kg), JD Keenan (Cdt M +65kg) and Mikhela Go (Jr Para-Poomse).
The team showed a strong fighting spirit all around and endured some heartbreak along the way but continued to move forward together as the days wore on, just as elite teams are expected to do. Congratulations to all that stepped on the mats, time to look towards the National Team Trials at the end of March and come back even stronger!