Kootenay Tae Kwon Do a success
at the World Cup in England
Herald Contributor photo
Top photo: The team: front row - Mollie Wyss Mullins, Hailey Harder, Dane Campbell, Marlene Turchyn, Ryley Johnson.
Back row - Liam Arbuckle, Terron Bewski, Rachel Bullock, Catherine Bewski, Sarina Jeffery, Dion Arola , Brett Carter
PASS HERALD CONTRIBUTOR
After months of hard training, our 12 competitors took off for Brighton, England on September 30th. There they had a few days to train and adjust to the time and altitude changes. The World Cup began on the 4th of October with weigh ins, a stressful event on its own, you do not want to travel that distance and not make your weight category, our competitors went through without a problem.
Up came the draws and Master Sant Saran got his students prepared for the days ahead with short training sessions and verbal reassurance, it was time to put months of hard work to the test.
Day one our black belts had their pattern competition where Catherine Bewski was awarded a Bronze metal.
The colour belts sparred on the first day of competition, Marlene Turchyn was awarded a Bronze metal for her efforts in the ring. All of our students did very well and represented our team and Canada in a sportsman like fashion we would all be proud of.
The next day was reversed, colour belt patterns and Black Belt sparring. There was some butterflies floating around on this morning.
The 12-14 year black belt boys competition went on for 5 hours and the competition was fierce, Kootenay Taekwon Do's Brett Carter took a Bronze metal in this event. Later on in the day Catherine Bewski was awarded a Silver metal in sparring in her ladies division.
Looking back at our results, 6 of our members took a loss to the fighter that won Gold or Silver, that is an amazing feat for our Elk Valley and Crowsnest, we have world class clubs in our community and we have shown we can compete with the rest of the world and be very successful.