Frederique Santerre, Maxime Potvin, Olympian Melissa Pagnotta and Marc-Andre Bergeron strike gold
LAS VEGAS—Canada’s Frederique Santerre, Maxime Potvin, Melissa Pagnotta and Marc-Andre Bergeron led one dozen taekwondo athletes onto the senior podium at the President’s Cup in Las Vegas.
The four Canadians jumped onto the top step of the podium.
Frederique Santerre (Ste Foy, Que.) won the gold in the women’s 57+kg division over Winnipeg’s Skylar Parker. Maxime Potvin returned after a brief hiatus to win the gold in the men’s 80+ category after knocking off British-born Moldovan, Aaron Cook, in the final. Christopher IIiesco won the bronze for the Canucks in the men’s 80+kg division. Marc-Andre Bergeron was crowned the king of the men’s 87+kg category.
Olympian, Melissa Pagnotta continued the gold medal trail in the women’s 67KG division where she topped long-time rival, Page MacPherson from the United States, in the final.
The red and white also celebrated a total of four silver medals, and four bronze medals.
Yvette Yong settled for the silver medal after losing in the final of the women’s 46+kg category to Columbia’s Andrea Ramirez Vargas. Josipa Kafadra also claimed a silver in the women’s 49+kg class. Winnipeg’s Andrew Parker also locked up a silver medal in the men’s 74+kg division.
Another trio of Canadians also snagged bronze medals. Pan Am team member, Vivianne Tranquille was third in the women’s 53kg division. Rachel Cuma grabbed the final spot on the podium in the women’s 62kg bracket. Jordan Stewart was also third in the men’s 87kg division.
Junior and Cadet Athletes Shine in Vegas
A total of 16 Wild Card spots for entry into the 2019 Pan Am Cadet and Junior Championships. The Wild Card invitations are available for one athlete/country in each Kyorugi (10 male/10 female categories) and Poomsae (individual, pairs, team and freestyle) in the cadet and junior divisions.
Canadians earning sports include the following:
CADET: F41 Sophia Fokas 2nd
F44 Meghan-Jaye Lor, 3rd
F51 Gabrielle Leclerc, 3rd
M55 Nicholas Hoefling 1st
M63 Sam Wagnleithner, 3rd
M68 Braven Park, 3rd
F44 Sarah Juman, 3rd
F63 Isabella Schrunder, 3rd
F59 Kylie Cox, 1
F59 Leonarda Andric, 1st
F68 Yasmine Kermiche, 2nd
FU17 Freestyle, Maia Cossette, 3rd
MU17 Freestyle, Joshua Kwan, 3rd
Freestyle Pair, Faith Tai/Joshua Kwan, 1st
Individual Female, Brianna Mei, 2nd
Pair Junior, Karsten Chan/Brianna Mei, 3rd
Junior Female Team, Faith Tai/Kristen Chow/Sarah Juman, 2nd
Taekwondo Canada is the National Sport Governing Body for Taekwondo in Canada. We are recognized by World Taekwondo, Pan American Taekwondo Union, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Taekwondo Canada sends national teams to the Olympic Games, World Taekwondo Championships, Pan Am Taekwondo Championships, Pan Am Games, World Taekwondo Junior Championships, Poomsae World Championships, Pan Am Poomsae Championships, and is also targeting the 2020 Paralympic Games.
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