When kids across Newfoundland Labrador were celebrating Mother’s Day this year, a team of athletes from Samjae Taekwondo in CBS-Paradise were giving their mom’s a different kind of present; medals and trophies. The team of 6 athletes and 2 coaches were taking part in the Battle of Warriors Open Taekwondo Tournament in Geogetown, Ontario, just northwest of Mississauga. In its 20th year, the event attracted an estimated 700+ competitors from across Canada, the USA and even as far away as Malaysia.
“It was a challenging event for the team,” said Ian Crocker, the Head Coach. “The event was much larger, noisier and hotter than any of them had experienced before. We expected that, and we chose it for that reason because for their level of development, that experience was exactly what they needed. Even under that adversity they succeeded and met the personal goals they set out. I’m very proud of them all.”
The team won 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze, in both Poomsae (patterns) and Kyorugi (sparring). As one proud mom put it, “I just goes to show you that with the right level of dedication and quality training, Newfoundland athletes can hold their own against anyone in Canada!”