A 20 MEDAL TRIUMPH FOR TEAM CANADA AT THE 2020 PAN AM POOMSAE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coming off a new World Champion title, Michelle Lee kept her strong performance going as she collected two gold medals at the 2020 Pan Am Poomsae Championships. Competing virtually from her hometown of Markham, Ontario, Lee repeated her gold medal performance in the Female Over 17 Freestyle division. Lee’s second gold medal came alongside her partner, Jinsu Ha, in the Pairs Over 17 Freestyle division.
In the final competition of 2020, Team Canada showcased their talent and closed out the year with 20 medals at the Online 2020 Pan Am Poomsae Championships. Led by coaches Master Edward Fong and Master Bhajan Mann, Team Canada competed virtually across the country on December 19th and 20th.
Master Edward Fong spoke to his experience coaching a team virtually:
“It was a total new experience to help lead a team virtually compared to in person. Communication was a big component as you cannot see or help physically prepare the athletes. At this event the key was to keep everyone informed which led to greater transparency amongst all individuals. Congratulations to all Team Canada athletes.”
Together with Lee’s gold medals, Team Canada captured six silver medals – Luc Hung (Male Youth), Nathan Lor & Anna Li (Pairs Junior), Justina Yu (Female U30), Timothy Johl, Bhajann Mann & Robert Khamsouk (Male O30 Team), Bhajan Mann (Male U65), and Evan Van (Male U17 Freestyle). Rounding out Canada’s medal count were twelve bronze medals.
Despite the challenges presented this year, Team Canada excelled and completed the year in grand style.
Canada also had ten athletes who earned wildcards in seven divisions from previous international results who also competed at this event. Congratulations to Stephanie So, Camilia Ruszkiewicz, and Faith Tai on their silver medal in the Female Junior Team division.
For full results from the 2020 Pan American Poomsae Championships please visit: http://mastkd.com/2020-pan-am-official-poomsae-championships-draws-and-schedule/
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