Taekwondo Canada Names 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship Team

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OTTAWA— Spanning from Vancouver to Moncton, Taekwondo Canada will field a team of 44 athletes who were born in clubs across most of the country for the 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship Team that will compete in Taipei, Taiwan, November 12-15.

Earning their coveted spots to represent Canada through the national body’s team selection policy, Taekwondo Canada will suit up athletes in (Cadets Age 12 to 14, Juniors Age 15 to 17 up to the veteran categories O65) in both recognized and freestyle poomsae competitions.

Grandmaster Ricky Wu from Vancouver, head of the team will lead the team along with Master Seoungmin Rim, head coach, National Poomsae Team. “We are fielding a dynamic group of athletes who bring a mix of international experience and youthful energy to the competition mat,” said Master Seoungmin Rim goes.

“Our focus is clear – to win medals. But this will also be a key measuring stick for our elite athletes on the road to the 2019 Pan American Games, and for our next generation athletes in their continued progression. These athletes have all worked hard to achieve this honour of representing Canada and I know they will do the country proud.”

Master Rim (Calgary) is one of six coaches and medical personnel who will lead the team to Taiwan. He will be joined by Master Bhajan Mann (Toronto), Master Riseong Kang (Toronto), Master Hyun Seok Seo (Mississauga), Master Shelley Vettese-Baert (Edmonton) and medical professional, Marya Phan (Montreal).

The Canadians will be among more than 1,600 competitors from the world who will compete in the premiere event for Poomsae competition being hosted by the Taipei Taekwondo Federation.

The following is a complete list of Canadian athletes on the team:

Team Canada – 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae World Championship Team

AJ Assadian (ON)                                      Samuel Lee (ON)                                     

Mark Bush (AB)                                         Daniel Zhen (BC)

Erika Caldwell (ON)                                 Ethan Lippman (BC)

Emilia Camastro (ON)                            Jamie Longman (AB)

Anton Carreon (ON)                                Bhajan Mann (ON)

Karsten Ji Hin Chan (BC)                        Hans Mecking (NB)

Enoch Chau (ON)                                      Pei Feng Brianna Mei (BC)

Christine Cho (ON)                                  Terence Chun Hei Ng (BC)

Belinda Co (BC)                                         Lawrence Ka Hei Ng (BC)

Hai Nguyen (AB)                                       Justina Yu (ON)

Maria Alvie Dela Cruz (ON)                  Brendan Opoku (ON)

Jina Ha (ON)                                               Lisa-Mae Petropoulos (ON)

Jinsu Ha  (ON)                                             Reza Rabiei (ON)

Valerie Ho (AB)                                         Camila Evette Ruszkiewicz (ON)

Timothy Johl (ON)                                    Jordan Senko (AB)

Alissa Juman (ON)                                    Sabrina So (ON)

Mohsen Kazemi (ON)                             Faith Tai (ON)

Rose Lagran (ON)                                     William Tam (BC)

Rhon Lagran (ON)                                    Alexei Tcipliaev (ON)

Mellisa Lam (ON)                                     Shelley Vettese-Baert (ON)

Eric Lam (ON)                                             Rosalind Widmer (AB)

Michelle Lee (ON)                                    Jamie Yu (ON)

For complete details on the World Taekwondo Poomsae World Championship:

World Taekwondo – World Poomsae

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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