Strathcona Taekwondo Fighters Victorious in CF National
By: Capt Leona Ahn
Over Remembrance Day weekend, four Strathconas, as members of the CFB Edmonton Taekwondo Team, participated in the 2012 Canadian Forces Taekwondo National in Toronto. A total of 275 competitors from numerous civilian taekwondo teams and multiple military units across the country participated in this event. The Edmonton team, coached by Captain John Kim (RHQ), competed against some of the best civilian and military athletes in the country. Regimental Quartermaster, Capt Leona Ahn, received a Silver medal in the women’s welterweight black belt division. Tpr David McNair (Recce Sqn) won Gold in his color belt division, and Tpr Alexander Aguila from Mounted Troop displayed perseverance against his opponent. Overall, the contingent from CFB Edmonton won 3 Gold and 7 Silver medals in both sparring and patterns competitions.
The exceptional performances of the Edmonton Taekwondo athletes, and in particular the three fighters from the Regiment, impressed Capt(N) Mark Eldridge, CF Taekwondo Patron, and Grand Master Young Choung, Head Coach for the CISM Taekwondo Team. The next goal for these Strathcona warriors will be to prepare for a training camp with CFB Wainwright and CFB Cold Lake teams, as well as to participate against civilians in tournaments within Alberta.