Cochrane's Trinity Taekwon-Do sent 26 competitors plus head instructor Cam Macdonald and assistant instructor Tim Wuthrich as coaches from our Cochrane and Water Valley dojangs to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Provincial Championships held in Calgary on March 7.
The tournament had 425 athletes from across the province from white belt to black belt competing in patterns, sparring, power breaking, and specialty breaking. Trinity brought home 27 medals including 10 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 12 bronze medals.
Head instructor Cam Macdonald was quite pleased with how the tournament played out for his group of athletes against some of the best competition from the province.
"Due to being held in Calgary, which is ideal for many clubs in Alberta, it was a larger event with 425 competitors," he said. "Trinity did quite well with our 26 athletes winning 27 medals. I think it was one of our most challenging competitions as of late with larger division sizes than normal and some really talented athletes from across Alberta. Amidst the challenge, our students rose to the occasion and met the challenge head-on."
While everyone impressed Macdonald, there were a few standout performances from the group.
"A few standouts for me included three relatively new students in Owen Cooper, Daisy Aird and, Sam Mackenzie, who took part in their first-ever competition and all three of them earning gold medals in sparring," Macdonald said. "Also, red stripe student Patton Buck who battled his way to a gold medal in sparring among a very large and challenging division. Six-year-old Charlie Plouffe who won gold in sparring and was the youngest Trinity competitor at this event."
Macdonald also said that the showing from Trinity bodes well for the program moving forward, as it could bring in new athletes to try the sport and help it grow across the province, country and world.
"Sending 26 competitors speaks to the rising interest in competitions within the club," he said.
"Although competing is not for everyone, and not a requirement to train Taekwon-do, it certainly tests the student in many ways including developing confidence as they step out of their comfort zone and step into the ring."
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