Locals Compete At Taekwondo National Championships
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Cobra’s Taekwondo Training Centre located in Chatham and Sarnia Olympic Taekwondo Academy formed as one team recently. The PCT Sport Taekwondo Team recently competed at the Canadian National Championships in Montreal Quebec, June 25-28.
Jewelian Blackbird was victorious in her first match, via point gap stoppage early in round 3. Jewelian landed a couple nice high section scores with no points being awarded in the final round. A spin counter and a stay shot that staggered her opponent that did not register on the electronic helmet. Some distancing errors were made in her second match and she came up short losing 7-4 to a athlete that Jewelian beat by point gap at a Canada Open a few months back. Jewelian had a bye in her first match of the double elimination bracket, moving her into the finals . She wasn’t able to capitalize after her previous loss and ended up with bronze with a defeat of 8-4. Though this was a set back, it doesn’t really change anything. We will still be competing at the Junior Pan Am Games in Chicago in August and the Pan Am Open in Mexico, in September. Building blocks to make the Canadian Team next season for the Junior Worlds.
Keegan Kovar also competed in the youth black belt under 27kg. He received a bye in his first round making his way to finals. Keegan was up with a score of 2-1 final seconds he falls down to receive a second kyoungo to even the score. In overtime Keegan tries a counter back kick, that looked too much like a spin hook kick to receive a gamgeoung. Received a full minus point to end the match with silver.
PCT teammates from Sarnia Olympic Taekwondo Academy Urvashi Thongam and Danielle Ennett both bronze. Chloe Pretty gained some valuable experience in her first year of juniors.
Photo left to right: Caoch Mark Warburton, Danielle Ennett, Chloe Pretty, Keegan Kovar, Urvashi Thongam, Jewelian Blackbird, Coach Ryan Formosa