Vernon’s Taylor Halvorson (left) delivers a right uppercut to her opponent at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Wellington

Vernon’s Taylor Halvorson (left) delivers a right uppercut to her opponent at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Wellington

Halvorson banks ITF bronze

Brother and sister black belts Taylor and Kai Halvorson kicked up a storm at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Wellington, New Zealand.

The four-day tournament featured more than 500 athletes from 42 countries competing in several disciplines.

Taylor, who trains with her brother out of Sundance Martial Arts in Vernon, collected bronze in junior girl’s hyper-weight individual sparring. She defeated opponents from Australia and Argentina before falling by a single point in her semifinal match against another Canadian.

In the team event, Taylor and four other Canadians fell to New Zealand in a series of very close matches.

Kai fought well but bowed to an Argentinian in his opening junior male micro-weight sparring bout.

Team Canada placed sixth overall, with three of its members claiming gold medals.

“The calibre of competition was very high and the highest either of our athletes had ever seen,” said David White, head instructor of Sundance Martial Arts.

“We are looking forward to getting back and starting to train on some of the things we picked up while at the tournament. This was an amazing opportunity for both of our athletes and we as a community are extremely proud of them.”

Sundance members compete at the provincial championships, April 9 in Kamloops, and at the Western Canadian championships, April 16 in Regina.