Five members of Cascadia Martial Arts will compete at the Canadian Taekwondo Championships in Toronto, April 15-17.
Oliver Anderson, Matteo Bennett, Oscar Brown, Sydney Easthom and Danielle Easthom have prepared for the national event and will pit their skills against the best across the country.
Instructor Brett Fee said the team, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, found ways to continue training despite several lockdowns and restrictions.
“We had to change what we were doing, but we never stopped,” Fee said. “We are ready to go.”
The team has stepped up their training significantly over the past 12 weeks, including a trip to the Lower Mainland over spring break to participate in a training camp hosted by Vortex Taekwondo, a club known for producing top-level fighters. elite.
“We took our bits out there in multiple workouts and practices a day, but we came out stronger and more ready than ever,” Fee said.
The national tournament was scheduled to take place in January, but a spike in COVID cases in Ontario forced organizers to postpone. It was rescheduled for April 15-17 at the Westin Harbor Castle in Toronto. It will include senior, youth, junior and cadet competitions.
Anderson, Danielle Easthom and Brown will compete in the junior division, ages 15-17, while Bennett will compete in the cadet division (12-14)
Sydney Easthom is a former gold medalist in the cadet division two years ago. She will compete in both junior and senior this year.
The Canadian Championships are used to select members of the Canadian Senior, Junior and Cadet teams who will participate in the International Taekwondo Championships.
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