Prince George, B.C., May 23, 2018 – The members of Sundance Taekwon-do achieved a golden medal haul at the 2018 International Taekwon-do Federation BC Provincial Championships in Prince George on May 19th. The Championships featured over 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 17 competitors bringing home a total of 26 medals. All of the members worked extremely hard in their preparations to bring in 10 Gold, 9 Silver and 7 Bronze.
Brianna Li had a very successful weekend medaling in all 4 of her categories where she took home a silver medal and won in a hard fought match for gold in the Junior Girls heavyweight sparring category. She also won gold in special technique (flying kicks) and silver in power breaking.
Olivia Apsassin was shining, bringing home two gold medals winning gold in the 8-9 year old green belt girls sparring and gold in patterns. Her sister Serena Apsassin had a great outing bringing home the bronze in 9-10 year old blue belt girls sparring. Older sister Courtney Jack brought home the gold in junior girls green belt sparring.
Also taking home two gold medals was Ralph Rasquinha in the 8-9 year old blue belt patterns and sparring. His younger brother Reuben took home a bronze in his 6-7 year old white belt sparring category.
Rounding out the gold medals for the day was Katia Zaretski in Junior girls blue belt patterns, Caleb Gozjolko in his 7 year old yellow belt patterns and Abilynn Gregoire in the young kids team division.
More families were in action with the Pollock family taking home some hardware. Cole Pollock led the pack with with silver medals in both patterns and sparring in the 8-10 year old yellow belt category. Oakley Pollock also took home a silver medal in the category for younger kids which had a team format. Their father Eric Pollock took home silver in adult colour belt patterns and bronze in men’s colour belt sparring.
Siblings Shelby and Shiloh Richard were both in action with Shelby picking up a silver medal in junior girls blue belt sparring and a bronze in blue belt patterns.
Beckham Bongalis had 6 matches in the double elimination tournament and eventually took home the silver in his 8-9 year old yellow belt sparring category. Demitri Hampton was able to use his technical prowess to secure a silver medal in the highly contested red belt junior boys patterns division. Devon Gregoire-Gabrielle showed great effort and sportsmanship in his competition.
“It was great to see such a strong showing from all of our members, many of them on their first tournament trip. Several of these young athletes show great promise for the future.” – David White, Head Coach
Sundance Taekwon-Do and its members are looking forward to several upcoming events including the ITF Alberta Cup in Lethbridge, the ITF World Cup in Sydney, Australia and the Canadian Nationals and Team Selections in Calgary. The club is currently looking for sponsors. Those who would like more information about Taekwon-Do can go to www.sundancemartialarts.com or call 250-306-2285.