McClymont looks to grow from valuable Youth Olympic experience
OTTAWA—Ethan McClymont is the lone Canadian taekwondo athlete to punch his ticket to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 6-18, 2018.
Taekwondo Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, officially selected the 16-year-old Winnipegger to represent Canada at his first Youth Olympic Games, which brings together more than 3,500 athletes ages 15 to 18 from 200 countries around the world.
“It is a great honour to have the opportunity to represent Canada at the Youth Olympic Games,” said McClymont. “I am excited to have the opportunity to go out and give it everything I have in the ring and leave it all on the mats. I can’t wait to be compete alongside some of Canada’s greatest up and coming athletes.”
McClymont secured his spot in the men’s +73kg division at the Youth Olympic Games with a third-place finish at a qualifying event in Hammamet, Tunisia this spring. McClymont won his first two matches before losing to the eventual gold medallist of the event from Egypt in the semifinals.
“For as long as I can remember, representing Canada at the Olympics has been my dream,” added McClymont. “Competing at the Youth Olympic Games is one step closer to achieving this dream, while also experiencing new cultures, and meeting and learning from other like-minded athletes and coaches from around the world. I am going there to win and hope to make my country, my team and family proud.”
Fellow Winnipeg resident, Jae Park, will coach McClymont at the Games. The Canadian duo will depart on October 3.
Taekwondo is one of 28 sports included in the Youth Olympic Games programme. The event will be held on October 11 at the Oceana Pavilion at Youth Olympic Park.
About Taekwondo Canada
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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