Ciara Wilson of Sundance applies a sidekick to her opponent at an international taekwon-do meet in Kelowna.

Ciara Wilson of Sundance applies a sidekick to her opponent at an international taekwon-do meet in Kelowna.

Sundance athletes rule Westerns

Sundance Taekwon-Do Vernon athletes achieved a huge medal haul in Kelowna.

Morning Star Staff

Sundance Taekwon-Do Vernon athletes achieved a huge medal haul at the 2015 International Taekwon-do Federation Western Canadian Championships in Kelowna.

Sundance was represented by 43 competitors and pocketed 60 medals, including 16 gold. More than 1,000 fans helped athletes celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Taekwon-Do.

“This tournament was a great opportunity for many of our members to experience competition for the first time and everyone had success on some level,” said head coach David White, a 5th-degree black belt and international instructor.

Black belts Tyler and Travis Barker struck gold in Pre-junior first degree and junior second degree patterns categories. Both brothers also medalled in sparring with Tyler taking bronze in pre-junior red and black belt lightweight sparring and big brother Travis earning the silver medal after a hard-fought battle in junior middleweight.

The other set of black belt siblings were the Wilson sisters – Ciara and Maira. Eldest sister Ciara struck silver in junior first degree patterns and silver in junior girls middleweight sparring.

Maira won silver in pre-junior first-degree patterns and bronze in pre-junior red and black belt sparring.

Showing strong for the local team were black belts Natalie Bowie, who earned silver in the women’s microweight sparring and gold in first degree patterns, and Brett Bell taking silver in men’s first degree patterns and silver in light heavyweight sparring.

Third-degree black belt Kelly Kinniburgh received gold in women’s light heavyweight sparring. Kinniburgh, 33, is an experienced international competitor and will be representing Canada at the upcoming worlds in Italy at the end of May. She also took part in the national team training camp held the day after the tournament.

Sundance also ruled in colour belt competition led by the Li family where father Ted took silver in senior men’s blue belt patterns and gold in his sparring category. Following Ted was his son Jayden who worked hard to capture double gold in bantam blue belt patterns and sparring categories. Sister Brianna took home silver in pee wee girls red belt sparring.

Mitchell Alexander bagged bronze in patterns and a silver in middleweight sparring in the junior boys red belt category.

The green belts dominated with Bryelle Mitchell garnering double gold in mini girls green belt patterns and sparring. Joining her at the podium were father and son Dwayne and Jacob Venton with bronze medals in senior mens and pre-junior boys green belt sparring respectively.

Siblings Fanny and Bobby Chapman achieved bronze medals in bantam green belt sparring.

Clubmates Gavin Tokai and Jamie Froland met in the bantam boys lightweight sparring division gold-medal round. After two ties the match went into a “first-point wins” with Tokai prevailing. Tokai also uncovered bronze in bantam green belt patterns. Owen Lewis produced double silver in mini boys green belt patterns and sparring.

The yellow belt contingent featured father and son Ken and James Dickson. James won silver in bantam boys yellow belt patterns and gold in sparring while Ken registered bronze in senior men’s yellow belt sparring. Isabelle Phillips managed silver in Pee wee girls yellow belt sparring.

Justin Williams won bronze in pee wee boys yellow belt sparring and Nathan Warkentine recorded double bronze in mini boys yellow belt patterns and sparring. Nolan Tokai won his junior boys yellow belt sparring division.

In white belt, Demitri Hampton won silver in pee wee boys patterns and bronze in sparring, while Isla Joly taking bronze in mini girls sparring and silver in patterns and Tinika Crane won double bronze in the bantam girls.

William Barsaloux won bronze in the bantam boys sparring, whle Dekker Leatherbarrow captured double bronze in atom patterns and sparring.