Sean and Brooklyn Crane are two siblings who attend Taekwondo classes at Earle’s Taekwondo in Spaniards Bay. Sean just received his 2nd Dan level and Brooklyn is a 2nd Poom level. But recently both were featured in mainstream media for their achievements in Taekwondo.
On August 5th CBC recognized Brooklyn as their young athlete of the day. The following is an excerpt from their page.
Tilton martial artist Brooklyn Crane trains at Earle Taekwondo in Shearstown, where she received her 2nd Poom Black Belt in June. Brooklyn is 10 years old and attends Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Spaniard’s Bay. Congratulations Brooklyn you are today’s Young Athlete of the Day for Aug 5.
Near the same time Sean was featured in “The Compass” in an article written by Nicholas Mercer as a result of being awarded his second Dan level. Here are some excerpts from the article.
Crane reached the prestigious level last June when he successfully completed his black belt test under Master Wesley Earle Jr., and Sheila McGrath, a seventh dan and fourth dan black belt respectively. Both are Newfoundland and Labrador Taekwondo Association Hall of Famers.
“It was pretty awesome. I had finally gotten to that moment,” said Crane. “I remember being younger and looking at the black belt on the wall and imagining that around my waist.”
“I thought I’d get there one day, but I never thought I would get as far as I did,” said Crane. He attributes his quick ascension to the support of his parents and the work put in by Master Earle and McGrath.
Nipping at his heels will be his 10-year-old sister Brooklyn, who is a junior second degree black belt. In taekwondo, you can’t be a full-fledged dan until the age of 14. Despite this, Brooklyn is constantly letting her older brother know she is going to pass him if he doesn’t speed up. “It’s pretty competitive,” said Crane. “It keeps me motivated to get the next one.”