Team Canada Captures Four Bronze Medals at Poomsae World Championships

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OTTAWA, ON (April 26, 2022) – Following four days of competition, Team Canada returned home with four bronze medals from the Goyang 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.

After two years of online poomsae competitions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, World Taekwondo hosted the 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Goyang, Korea from April 21st to April 24th. This international competition included 63 countries and over 750 athletes. 

Team Canada excelled in Freestyle Poomsae events where they earned three of the four medals. Jinsu Ha won his first bronze medal alongside his partner, Michelle Lee, in the Freestyle O17 Pairs event and earned a second bronze medal in the Freestyle O17 Individual Male event. Alan Van and Christine Cho secured their bronze medal in the Freestyle U17 Pair event. In the Recognized Poomsae competition, Shelley Vettese Baert earned a bronze medal in the Under 65 Individual Female event. In addition to medal performances, Team Canada narrowly missed the podium with nine fifth place finishes.

Lead by Head Coach Master Ri Seong Kang, Team Canada featured 29 male and female athletes from across the country and competed in 24 events. Supporting the team were dual role athlete-coaches Master Bhajan Mann and Master Shelley Vettese-Baert, as well as Master Lisa-Mae Petropoulos as Team Manager and Elwin Lau as the team’s athletic therapist.

“We are extremely proud of our National Poomsae team and their showing at the World Championships” said Executive Director Dave Harris. “The four bronze medals captured was the strongest result for a Taekwondo Canada team in years and we would like to recognize all our athletes for the efforts and dedication during this event”.

Taekwondo Canada would like to congratulate and thank all the athletes and support staff that attended the 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships!

Full Team Canada results can be found below. Please visit the World Taekwondo website for complete results from the 2022 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.




Freestyle U17 Pair

Alan Van & Christine Cho

Bronze Medal

Freestyle O17 Pair

Jinsu Ha & Michelle Lee

Bronze Medal

Freestyle O17 Individual Male

Jinsu Ha

Bronze Medal

U65 Individual Female

Shelley Vettese-Baert

Bronze Medal

Freestyle U17 Individual Male

Kai-Hsin Chang


Freestyle U17 Individual Female

Rachel Lee


Freestyle O17 Individual Female

Michelle Lee


Freestyle U17 Mixed Team

Kai-Hsin Chang, Grace Campbell, Cailin Cooke, Ivan Leung, Heinrich Botha & Jake Kang


Cadet Individual Male

Jake Kang


Cadet Individual Female

Rachel Lee


Junior Pair

Ethan So & Christine Cho


O65 Individual Male

Bhajan Mann


O65 Individual Female

Claude Champagne


Freestyle O17 Mixed Team

AJ Assadian, Alan Van, Evan Van, Valerie Ho, Holly Cheuk & Ivan Leung

Semi-Final Round

U30 Team Female

Evelyn Wu, Kaitlyn Wiens & Valerie Ho

Semi-Final Round

O30 Pair

James Gies & Ming Chu Chan

Semi-Final Round

O30 Team Male

James Gies, John Ko & Jeehoon Sohn

Semi-Final Round

U60 Individual Male

Jeehoon Sohn

Semi-Final Round

U65 Individual Male

John Ko

Semi-Final Round

U30 Individual Female

Faith Tai

Round of 16

Junior Individual Male

Ethan So

Round of 32

U30 Individual Male

AJ Assadian

Round of 32

U30 Pair

Khalil Thompson & Faith Tai

Round of 32

U40 Individual Female

Breanne Folk

Round of 32

About Taekwondo Canada:
Taekwondo Canada is the official governing body of Taekwondo in Canada, overseeing the sport in all Provinces and Territories. Taekwondo Canada is recognized by World Taekwondo, the International Olympic Committee, PATU and Sport Canada. Taekwondo Canada will continue to be a leading nation in the sport by providing leadership and opportunities to enable its participants to achieve their goals.

Dave Harris
Executive Director
(519) 859-7410


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