Vernon, BC, October 3, 2017–  With the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships only two weeks away, Brianna Li, 14, and Nicholas Tiourine, 17,  have been preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime. Both young athletes from Vernon will be representing Canada in Dublin, Ireland. The tournament will host almost 1152 black belt athletes from 61 countries over 5 days of action packed competition. The championships will run from October 11th to 16th at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Center in Dublin.

Qualifying in Junior Girls Heavyweight sparring is Brianna Li, a grade 9 French immersion student at W.L. Seaton, who took home a silver medal at the recent Canadian Championships in Montreal. After attending training camps in both Montreal and Prince George she will also be representing Canada on the junior girls sparring team which is made up of some of the top competitors in Canada. Li also has the distinction of being the youngest female competitor on the delegation. Brianna has been training at Sundance Martial Arts with coach David White for the last 7 years.

Nicholas Tiourine, a grade 12 student at VSS, will reach for the stars as he competes in the high flying special technique division. He also placed second in Canada for the category in Montreal. This categories sees athletes perform five different flying techniques at incredible heights with enough power to move a target with their foot. Tiourine has been training in Taekwon-Do for eleven years and with Sundance for the last two.

Li and Tiourine will join 66 other Canadian Athletes on the Canadian delegation of 141 people. The championships itself has over 2100 athletes, coaches, officials and supporters from 62 countries and is considered the premier elite event of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and is set to be the largest event on the calendar this year.

“Both of our athletes have worked incredibly hard and have shown the dedication and perseverance shown by true champions. They are proud to represent their school, community and country at such a high level.” – David White, Coach

Several local businesses and professionals have donated time and resources to assist our young athletes. They are Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Real Canadian Superstore, both the downtown Safeway and the Vernon Square Safeway, Kiki Gardens Restaurant, Sunterra Custom Homes, Dr. Dale Henry, Prospera Credit Union, RBC, Swan Lake Nurseryland, Value Plus 3 Percent Real Estate, Dr. Michael Kersey and Davison Orchards. Our athletes would like to offer their most sincere thanks to these sponsors for their support.

The event will be streamed for free live on YouTube. Those who would like more information about Taekwon-Do can go to www.sundancemartialarts.com or call 250-306-2285. Classes are now forming.