Last weekend, the Trinity Taekwon-Do dojangs from Cochrane and Water Valley attended the ITF (International Taekwon-do Federation) Alberta Provincial Championships in Airdrie.
Cochrane and Water Valley were well represented by 26 athletes, 2 umpires, and head coach Cameron Macdonald.
Cameron says, “We had a really good turnout and great results. We had several people competing for the first time. We sent six students from our Water Valley dojang and 20 from Cochrane and we ended up bringing home 35 medals. Seven gold, 13 silver, and 15 bronze." In all the championship saw around 420 participants.
According to Macdonald, some highlights from the weekend included Black Belt Nathan Peacock winning a hard-earned gold medal in sparring in a very challenging black belt division. Jager Sarmenta and Patton Buck who only recently tested for Black Belt, less than a month ago, competed for the first time at that level. Jager brought home three medals including gold in the Specialty Board Breaking division. Blue Belt, Lucas Veroni, and Yellow Belt Kye Bullock each had very successful sparring divisions with Lucas winning gold and Kye winning silver in an overtime match.
Trinity Taekwon-Do has two more competitions left for the season as next month they will host a small inter-club competition. It is a yearly tradition that provides members with a chance at competing in a smaller-scale tournament. On the opposite end of the scale, the final competition will be the National Championships being held in Vernon on May 6 and 7.