Local Taekwon-Do athletes from Sundance Taekwon-Do have returned from representing Canada at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships held in Benidorm, Spain from October 23 to 27, 2013.
After a hard fought qualification process which included the Canadian National Championships in Quebec City in May, three black belts from Sundance Taekwon-Do were successful in earning spots on the Canadian delegation. The two top athletes at the national championships in each division earn a spot. Sundance Taekwon-Do in Kelowna is the only school to send three athletes from British Columbia to the World Championships. There are nine athletes from BC in total who attended the championships.
Kelly Kinniburgh made her second appearance at the World Championships in Spain after competing in New Zealand in 2011. She competed in the Women’s (18+) light heavyweight sparring category. After a hard fought battle against Poland she lost her first match and was eliminated by the eventual finalist.
Competing in her first World Championships, Abbie Bennett, a 17 year old student who recently graduated from Mount Boucherie Secondary, competed in the Junior black belt light heavyweight sparring division. Abbie won her first match against New Zealand but fell to the Netherlands in her second match. Abbie was also named to the prestigious Canadian Team for Sparring competition where her team won their first two matched but fell in their third match.
“Since I earned my black belt at age 13 and began competing, representing Canada at a World Championship has been my dream.” Said Abbie of her opportunity. “I am so grateful that all the hard work and countless hours my instructors and myself have put in have finally paid off.”
Brad Cotey, 21, also made his first appearance at the World Championships in the Men’s heavyweight sparring division. This was one of the largest and most challenging divisions in the entire tournament. With over 60 competitors and almost every country represented, this division is always one to watch. Brad who was up in his initial match during the second round gave up the lead in the dying seconds falling to Poland.
“This is something that I have been training towards for almost 8 years now and with every gold medal win I feel closer to the largest prize there is. I am so unbelievably blessed to be given this chance to represent my school and my country at an international event.” – Brad Cotey on his opportunity
“These are great athletes who worked very hard for this opportunity. Training is in full swing as we prepare for the championships being held in four weeks.” Says coach and instructor David White, a 5th degree black belt with the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
The athletes have participated in two training camps over the summer, in Vernon and Prince George, with Kelly Kinniburgh picking up a third in Gatineau, Quebec. These camps gave the athletes valuable training time with the team Canada coaches and captains preparing them for the championships.
While the team from Kelowna did not bring back any hardware, valuable lessons were learned about competition in the international arena. The three athletes are looking forward to the World Cup which takes place in Jamaica in August 2014.
The World Championships is the premier level of competition in the International Taekwon-Do Federation and is held every two years in a different location around the globe. The Canadian delegation consists of 55 black belt athletes from all across the country who have all qualified at the National Championships. The tournament in Benidorm hosted over one thousand participants from 58 countries.
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October 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
Sundance Taekwon-Do Students Take Medal Haul at Inaugural BC Cup in Kelowna
The members of Sundance Taekwon-do from Kelowna and Vernon achieved major success at the Inaugural International Taekwon-Do Federation BC Cup held at Rutland Secondary on October 5th and hosed by Sundance Taekwon-Do. The ITF Taekwon-Do BC Cup, featured 151 competitors from 17 different clubs all over British Columbia and Alberta. Okanagan based Sundance Taekwon-Do sent a team of 25 competitors bringing home a huge haul of 35 medals. All of the members worked extremely hard in their preparations to bring in 13 Gold, 7 Silver and 15 Bronze.
The event was a huge success according to instructor David White who also serves as Vice president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation of BC and was the director of the tournament. “All of our students worked really hard and showed an incredible level of sportsmanship throughout the event” he said. “There were no injuries throughout the day and everyone had a great time which is a testament to the more than 35 umpires and officials overseeing the event”
This was the last tournament for the school before three of its members head off to the world championships in Benidorm Spain on October 23rd to 27th. Local black belts Kelly Kinniburgh, Abbie Bennett and Brad Cotey all earned spots on the Canadian delegation at the National Championships in May in Quebec City.
At the BC Cup local athletes were able to compete in 3 disciplines: patterns, light-contact sparring and power breaking. All Sundance athletes walked away with hardware at this first of its kind event.
The cup itself, awarded to the school with the highest average results at the end of the day went to Freedom Taekwon-Do in Prince George. Sundance was second overall in the standings followed by Triumph Taekown-Do from Port Coquitlam in third.
“Our members all put forth a great effort and trained incredibly hard for this event and we could not be more proud as a school. This was a great learning experience for all of us and agreat way to kick off the new season” said White, a 5th degree black belt and International Instructor and Examiner with the International Taekwon-do Federation.
For more information on Sundance Taekwon-Do and it’s programs check out www.sundancemartialarts.com . The club is currently accepting new members.
Full Sundance Taekwon-Do results:
Name Division Patterns Sparring
Travis Barker 14-17 boys black belt Gold Bronze
Natalie Bowie 18-34 women’s black belt Bronze -
Judy Conway 35+ women’s black belt Bronze Gold
Sam Lau 35+ men’s black belt Silver -
Andy Leung 18-34 men’s black belt - Silver
Ciara Wilson 14-17 girls black belt Bronze Gold
Mitchell Alexander 14-17 boys red belt - Silver
Tyler Barker 9-11 boys red belt Silver -
Aidan Bennett 9-11 boys red belt - Bronze
Charlie Bennett 6-8 boys yellow belt Gold Gold
Jacob Bennett 12-13 boys red belt Bronze Gold
Sarah Crerar 12-13 girls red belt Bronze Gold
Brody Duchesneau 9-11 boys green belt Gold Gold
Arianna Lapham 18-34 women’s white belt Bronze -
Brianna Li 9-11 girls blue belt Bronze Bronze
Ted Li 18-34 men’s green belt Gold Gold
Jayden Li 9-11 boys green belt Bronze -
Cole Mackay 9-11 boys blue belt Bronze -
Calvin Tse 12-13 boys yellow belt Silver Silver
Paul Underwood 18-34 men’s white belt Bronze -
Brydon Vaux 14-17 boys yellow belt Silver Gold
Maira Wilson 9-11 girls red belt Gold Bronze
Go to www.sundancemartialarts.com/registration today!
Congratulations to Mr. Any Leung who was promoted to 5th degree black belt on August 12th in Kelowna by Master Michael Barker. We are all very proud to have you as one of our leaders.
Sundance Taekwon-Do is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first annual BC Cup tournament at Rutland Secondary in Kelowna on October 5th. All students are strongly encouraged to participate and it will also count as a Bronze Credit toward your testing requirements. Online registration opens on August 1st at www.sundancemartialarts.com/kelowna2013. LET’S ALL GO OUT AND HAVE A GREAT TIME AS A TEAM! If you have any questions please contact Mr. White.
This is a great opportunity for any Red and Black belts to get some good extra training in. This session will be especially beneficial to those who are actively training for competition or who are looking to hone is some of their in ring sparring skills.
This training session is open to all Red and black belts ages 13 and up. Some exceptions will be made. Students who are not red or black belt may be invited on the recommendation of his or her instructor.
There will be an all day training session on Saturday, August 10th followed by an optional shorter session on Sunday August 11th.
The training session will be lead by multiple time Canadian Champion and ITF World Championship medalist Ms Chelsea Stone, V Degree black belt.
Cost per participant is $40.00 in order to cover expenses.
We hope to see you all out for what will be an incredible training weekend!.
Things to bring:
Please message Mr. White to let us know if you are planning to attend so we can have an idea of the numbers. Information on hotels will be available shortly.
Order your new team jackets and apparel this week! Orders MUST be received and paid for by Saturday, March 9th to receive them for Westerns. Members can check for a catalogue in your email and on the website. Some items have minimum quantities so please do not delay in ordering.
Information is available and registration is now open for the 2013 CTFI Western Canadian Championships, April 13th in Regina, SK
Go to: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_detail.asp?content_id=38367 to register!
http://www.ctfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Invitation-Package-to-Instructors-Regina-April-13-2013.pdf for more information!
If you have any questions please contact Mr. White