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Kootenay Tae Kwon Do brings home silver from the World Cup Budapest
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From left to right: Cailey Jo DeGagne, Adam Liebe, Kayla Norgate, Nick Demer, Markus Liebe, Master Sant Saran, Terron Bewski, Vishal Reddy,Heidi Farmer, Galen Paton
JEFF CHAMBERS
Elk Valley Herald Reporter
Students of Kootenay Tae Kwon Do (TDK) have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with for many years. Their most recent achievement has only confirmed that they are very good at what they do.

Kootenay TKD brought a 9 member team to Budapest to compete in the World Cup that ran from October 11-16. There were students who participated from around the Valley, from Fernie to the Crowsnest Pass, and were faced with 57 countries and over 1800 competitors that attended the event. Canada placed 8th overall.

"The competition was fierce but our members were ready to take on the world," said Gena Paton with Kootenay TKD.
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Kootenay's Markus Liebe brought a Silver medal home from the Budapest World Cup in sparring. This is the 3rd world Cup that Kootenay has attended and they have medaled in everyone one of them.

In London, they acquired 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, in Jamaica they won 1 silver medal as well as a silver from the recent World Cup in Budapest. The team also placed 1st and 3rd at the World Championships held in India.

12 students also recently went to Regina to bring back five gold medals, three silver, and one bronze.

"Our communities have a group of world class athletes proudly representing them," says Paton. "Our other team members performed very well in the ring, some close to placing, but lost with some tough breaks. You need to be tournament ready and Kootenay stood up to the plate."
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Paton has been involved with Kootenay TKD for the last 27 years, 14 of those as an instructor.

"It is tournaments like the World Cup that make us come home and train harder to get ready for the next one being held in Australia in 2017," said Paton

Paton is joined by Head Instructor for Kootenay TDK Master Sant Saran. The club has been involved in the Elk Valley and the Crowsnest Pass for over 35 years and trains throughout the year in all of the communities from the Crowsnest Pass to Fernie.

For more information visit the kootenay TDK Facebook page.
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