Although only eighteen athletes from Trinity Taekwon-Do attended the Alberta Cup in Lethbridge, we scored big time in medal rankings.

Over 300 competitors from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan attended the June 2 tournament and owner/instructor Cameron Macdonald was pleased. "Really good turnout. I brought 17 students and competed myself in one event so that made eighteen of us competing and we brought home 28 medals; 14 bronze, 9 gold and 5 silver. It was a good way to end the last competition of our training year."

The competing participants ranged in age and belt level from 4 up to adult and white to black belt. Showcasing their skills in sparring and patterns, Macdonald shares this event allowed board breaking by colour belts as well. "Pretty much everybody did patterns and sparring but this event is one of the rare ones where some of the higher levels of colour belts can do the breaking. So I had one red belt do breaking and my junior black belt and I, so three of us did breaking."

Some of Trinity's youngest athletes really stood out, says Macdonald, and he is excited to see where their enthusiasm takes them. "There are a brother (Lucas, white belt) and sister (Alexa, yellow belt) that have been pretty keen with their training and competition and that's pretty cool to see; one is white belt and one is a yellow belt. That's a nice thing for an instructor to see... that those students are really soaking it in."

Another highlight were those who participated in board breaking. "I have always loved board breaking, so seeing students of mine take on the challenge of board breaking and watching and helping them. Lots of people do patterns, lots of people spar but not a lot of people do board breaking."

The club will start to wind down as summertime approaches only to pick back up in early fall. This fall will prove to be an exciting one for Taekwon-Do competitors as Nationals are being held in Calgary. Macdonald shares the November tournament not only will be the first of next year's season but also a massive one. "Big for a couple reasons; one because it's Nationals and two because every second year the Nationals has a selection year because the World Championships are held every second year so this will be a qualifying year for people trying to make the World Championships."

Macdonald encourages martial arts fans to mark the CTFI National Championships on November 10th and 11th on the calendar if you are interested in watching some high level, competitive Taekwon-Do action.

More Sports News

Cochrane Piranhas Make a Splash at Second Meet

The Cochrane Piranhas are growing stronger after every practice and the proof is in the results. Forty-five Piranhas attended the June 15-16th Region E meet in High River, says Head Coach, Breanna…

St. Tim's Track Finishes Strong

The St. Tim's Thunder Junior and Senior Track and Field Teams have had a busy few weeks. Although a smaller club compared to other high schools, continued strong performances by the athletes has led…

Jr. Ladies Silvertips Back on Track with 3-Game Winning Streak

After a rough patch, the Jr. Ladies Silvertips are back on track with three consecutive wins. Monday, June 11, the short-handed Tips rallied to beat the Axemen, 8-6. The score went back and forth…

Summer Camp Healthy Kick-Off to Building 2018-19 Season

A summer camp isn't new to junior hockey but it is a new approach for the Cochrane Generals to prepare for their 2018-19 campaign. Head Coach Travis McMillan says overall he's pleased with how the…

From Inexperienced Players to Silver Medallists

It's amazing what you can do with a strong team spirit and commitment to learning a sport. The Cochrane U10 Girls Fastpitch is the latest shining example of this with their silver medal win in the…

Playoffs on Deck for Cochrane Minor Ball Teams

After a flurry of hits, runs and outs, Cochrane Minor Ball (CMB) teams are getting down to the nitty-gritty of playoffs. The Cochrane Emergency Training Services Crush senior team kicks off their…

Making Top Alberta Rugby League Years in the Making

When the Bow Valley Grizzlies hit the Mitford field this Saturday for their season home opener, it will be for the first time as a team vying for a championship in Alberta's premier rugby league.…

UPDATE: McKinnon Wants a Chance to Prove He Belongs in CFL

LIneman Bryce McKinnon has never shied away from challenges in his football career and he's not about to start. The 6' defensive lineman who played most of his career with the CIS Regina Rams as nose…

Gens Starting Early to Prepare for 2018-19 Season

When the curtain closed early on the Cochrane Generals' season in late February, Head Coach Travis McMillan already had his mind on what needed to be done to build the club for the 2018-19 season.…

Still Spots Available for Your Kid to Catch

For three years the Town of Cochrane has invited kids to come catch for free at Mitford Ponds. The one-day event held tomorrow (June 16), is a great way to allow your child to test the waters without… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide