Seven members of Swift Current Christian Taekwondo participated in the 50th Annual Chun’s Taekwondo Memorial Championship on February 15 in Edmonton, bringing home five gold and five silver medals in sparring and poomsae (forms).
“Our students really stepped up to the plate,” says chief instructor, Gary Voysey. “Competition was tough—the courage and effort that came through this weekend was really impressive.”
Ten medals were taken by students of Swift Current Christian Taekwondo as Austin Evans led the way with gold in both sparring and poomsae. Carlos Marquez Peralta and Brooklyn Hir both won gold in poomsae and silver in sparring. Jordyn Hir also won gold in sparring.
Callie Ebner and Quinten Hir both won silver in sparring, while Ashlyn Evans added a silver in poomsae.
The competition marked the 50th anniversary of Grandmaster D.K. Chun starting his annual championship and 20 years since he passed away. Grandmaster D.K. Chun was one of the original Korean Masters to start a Taekwondo school in Alberta. He spent more than 30 years dedicated to training high-level athletes, coaches and referees at his school in Edmonton under the auspices of World Taekwondo, and also coached various national and international teams.
Swift Current Christian Taekwondo has been operating in Swift Current since 2012. The school is a part of the Saskatchewan World Taekwondo and Taekwondo Canada.