Parksville’s Cascadia Martial Arts Team Wins Medal in Canadian Taekwondo – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Parksville’s Cascadia Martial Arts Athletics came home with shiny medals around their necks at the Canadian Taekwondo Championships in Toronto.

Junior fighter Oliver Anderson won a silver medal in the 55-59kg category in the recent men’s junior competition. He advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Ethan Rafik of Ontario Dragon Taekwondo Academy, taking a decent lead in the final. He faced Woo Kim Langley Taekwondo’s Sidharth Vasdev and won by a 2-0 decision. In the final, Anderson played well, but narrowly defeated Jordan Boudou of Ontario’s Masayoshi Son Taekwondo Academy 2-1.

In the junior division, Matteo Bennett finished first in the light heavyweight division, earning him a spot on the Canadian junior team, which will compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in Costa Rica in June

Oscar Brown competed in the 73-78 kg junior category against Balvir Dhillor of his son’s taekwondo team. He lost 2-o and ended up taking bronze. Danielle Easthom also picked up a bronze medal after losing to Niagara Taekwondo’s Tehya Scott.

Sydney Eastholm also took home a bronze medal after losing to Gabrielle Beaulieu, eventual champion of Taekwondo Lac Beauport Club in the girls’ junior 55-59kg category. Eastholm played in the first round but lost in the second, according to coach Dustin Fee. In the golden round of the tiebreaker, the two sides were evenly matched and ended in a 3-3 draw. But thanks to the spin kick, Beaulieu won by the edge.

Sydney also competed in the senior category for the first time, losing in the first round to Hannah Bel Baricak of Phoenix Taekwondo Academy.

Meanwhile, Cascadia Martial Arts will hold the 2022 Island Open Taekwondo Championships on May 14, after being unable to host the event for two years due to COVID-19.

Club owners are delighted to see the competition return. It will have two events, Poomsae (battle mode) and sparring. Organisers are expecting entrants from the island as well as the Lower Mainland. They limited the number of participants to 75 athletes.

The competition will also serve as a fundraiser for Cascadia Martial Arts, and all proceeds will be used to purchase electronic scoring equipment for its competing teams and Vancouver Island athletes.

Registration is now open and the deadline is May 9.Those interested in entering the contest can register at https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=87556

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