Kamloops, B.C., November 19, 2016– The members of Sundance Taekwon-do achieved huge success at the 2016 International Taekwon-do Federation BC Provincial Championships in Kamloops on November 19th. The Championships featured 200 competitors from all across British Columbia and is the most prestigious ITF event at the provincial level. Sundance Taekwon-do sent a team of 45 competitors bringing home a total of 59 medals. All of the members worked extremely hard in their preparations to bring in 16 Gold, 16 Silver and 27 Bronze. Several of the competitors were competing in their first ever tournament.
Claiming three Gold medals was local black belt Nicholas Tiourine handily winning the Junior Boys heavyweight Black Belt sparring category. He also took gold in both breaking categories for power and special technique which features high flying and very athletic performances. Also in Black belt competition, Sundance instructor David White took the bronze in men’s 3rd-6th degree black belt patterns and a silver in men’s heavyweight sparring. White is also coming off the recently held ITF World Cup in Budapest, Hungary where he represented Canada in both patterns and power breaking.
Recently promoted black belt Brianna Li took home two gold medals in her first outing as a black belt in the junior girls heavyweight sparring and pre-junior mixed patterns.
In the junior girls patterns category Ciara Wilson took home a silver medal and faced her sister Maira Wilson in a hard fought battle for gold in the Junior Girls lightweight sparring category, with Maira taking the silver in her first competition in that category. Brothers Travis Barker and Tyler Barker faced off for gold in the junior boys black belt patterns category with older brother Travis getting the nod and taking gold with Tyler bringing home the silver. Doris Kotscha rounded out the black belt competitors with a bronze in senior women’s sparring competition.
Several Sundance colour belts were also successful in their portion of the competition with it being many of the member’s first tournament. The Hale-Pearson family had a very successful outing with Carys Hale-Pearson winning gold in 9-10 year old green belt sparring and silver in patterns. Her older sister Freyja Hale-Pearson winning gold in junior girls green belt sparring The girls’ mother Sarah Hale-Pearson took bronze in senior women’s green belt patterns.
Jamie Froland took home gold in 9-10 year old blue belt sparring beating out clubmate Owen Lewis who took silver in a greatly contested match that went to overtime. Rounding out the category was Sundance member Nathan Warkentine who took home a bronze medal.
Justin Williams fought hard to bring back a silver medal in 11-13 year old green belt sparring while younger brother Daniel William won bronze in both 7-8 year old white and yellow belt patterns and middleweight sparring with Tyler Konkin and Myles Martens also taking the bronze in the same sparring division. Clubmate Jasper White took the silver in the 7-8 year old white and yellow belt heavyweight sparring with Jack Sharkey and Chayton Tardiff taking the bronze medals in the same division. Kubrick Reed brought home the silver in the lightweight division of the same category.
Gavin Tokai took home a gold medal in the 11-13 year old blue belt patterns category after going up against training partner Demitri Hampton in the final with Demitri taking silver. Demitri also took home a bronze in the 11-13 year old blue belt sparring category. Katia Zaretski took home a bronze in pre-junior green belt girls patterns and bronze in sparring. On the pre-junior boys side Carson Wiltinks won the gold in patterns. Isabelle Phillips won bronze in the 9-10 year old girls blue belt patterns and also bronze in sparring. Ralph Rasquinha won two medals taking home gold in 7-8 year old green belt sparring and bronze in patterns. Ralph faced classmate Lucas Li in the final with Li taking silver in sparring and bronze in patterns. Dekker Leatherbarrow was also in the same division winning silver in patterns and bronze in lightweight sparring.
Jayden Li put in a great performance in the 11-13 red belt boys category with a gold in patterns and a silver in lightweight sparring.
Serena Apsassin had a great outing bringing home the gold in 9-10 year old yellow belt girls sparring with younger sister Olivia bringing home silver in the 7-8 year old white and yellow belt girls sparring and bronze in patterns. Older sister Courtney Jack brought home silver in 11-13 yeallow belt girls sparring. Shelby Richard took the bronze in the same category and a bronze in 11-13 year old yellow belt patterns. Hendri Redelinguys won the gold in 11-13 year old yellow belt boys sparring and bronze in patterns. Jordan Payton won the gold in 7-8 year old white and yellow belt lightweight sparring. Devon Gregoire-Gabriel brought home a bronze in 9-10 year old yellow belt sparring.
This tournament also featured a special division for younger competitors ages 5 and 6 with 5 Sundance members competing. Liam Marchand, Reuben Rasquinha, Phoenix Scott, Sarah Lewis and Morgan Payton all competed in a round robin tournament in both patterns and sparring. All these your warriors took home bronze medals for their efforts.
“It was great to see such a strong showing from all of our members. To see almost 1/3 of our students get in there was spectacular and I couldn’t be more proud of our students, coaches and supporters” – David White, Coach
Sundance Taekwon-Do and its members are looking forward to several upcoming events including the National Championships and team selections in Montreal and the ITF World Taekwon-Do Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 2017. Those who would like more information about Taekwon-Do can go to www.sundancemartialarts.com or call 250-306-2285. January classes are now forming at locations in Vernon and Kelowna.
The 2016 Alberta Cup will be held in Lethbridge, AB on November 12th. Please click below for the official website which contains all of the registration information. This is a great, local opportunity to gain experience in safe and fun environment. Competition is open for all ages and experience levels. If you have questions about participating please contact your instructor.
The ITF of BC Provincial Championships will be held in Kamloops on November 19th. Please click below for the information package which contains all of the registration information. This is a great, local opportunity to gain experience in safe and fun environment. Competition is open for all ages and experience levels. If you have questions about participating please contact your instructor.
We are very excited to announce the addition of Miss Erin Bull to our team of instructors here at Sundance Taekwon-Do. Miss Bull currently holds a 3rd degree black belt and brings to the table lots of national and international competition experience. She is also a student at UBC Okanagan working towards her degree in Kinesiology. Miss Bull will be teaching all the beginner programs in our Kelowna location as well as handling the front desk and memberships. Welcome Miss Bull!