A vic­to­ri­ous year

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS -

2017 has been a busy year for Vic­tory Taek­wondo, and it is not slow­ing down any­time soon.

They started the year with a Black Belt test, test­ing two stu­dents to 1st Poom or Jr. Black Belt, just two days later the team went to provin­cials in Hal­i­fax and brought home eight provin­cial cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing the two brand new Black Belts, Sa­muel Swinamer and Olivia Mcken­zie.

Fol­low­ing provin­cials, in March they went to the At­lantic Canada Taek­wondo Games and the An­napo­lis Val­ley Taek­wondo Chal­lenge. In April they went to the Cape Bre­ton Open fol­lowed by the East Coast Cup, and most re­cently the team went to the Hand­madang (Mar­tial Arts Fes­ti­val). In to­tal, the team has brought home 42 gold medals, 46 sil­ver medals and 46 bronze medals. A very suc­cess­ful year so far!

In ad­di­tion to the tour­na­ments, Vic­tory Taek­wondo has been a part of the first an­nual Run for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis, held in Bridgewater, and was in­vited to at­tend a train­ing camp held in prepa­ra­tion for team Nova Sco­tia, which will head to Cal­gary May 26 to 28 for na­tion­als.

As the tour­na­ment sea­son slows down for this team, the train­ing does not. Both in­struc­tors, 4th Dan, Mas­ter Sherry Ko­zlowski, three time na­tional sil­ver medal­ist, sil­ver and bronze medal­ist at Olympic Card­ing, and 3rd Dan An­gel Ko­zlowski, three time na­tional com­peti­tor and Blue Belt in Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu, will at­tend a Poomse sem­i­nar in Hal­i­fax on June 11 as part of their NCCP (Na­tional Coach­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram).

NCCP is a re­quire­ment for coaches when tak­ing stu­dents to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, as well as be­ing mem­bers in good stand­ing with the Mar­itime Taek­wondo Union, and both in­struc­tors sit on the board of direc­tors.

The stu­dents will con­tinue to cross train with other schools in the Hal­i­fax and Antigo­nish area, as well as at­tend the 2017 At­lantic Taek­wondo Train­ing camp in PEI this Au­gust. Both in­struc­tors like to pro­vide their stu­dents with as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to train with na­tional cham­pi­ons and na­tional competitors as they pre­pare them for the Xavier Taek­wondo Cham­pi­onships, held in Antigo­nish in Oc­to­ber, Na­tion­als 2018 and three stu­dents - Doug, Dahlen and Lo­gan Dou­ble­day - who are pre­par­ing for their Black Stripe test. They will also at­tend na­tion­als when they achieve the rank of 1st De­gree Black Belt.

Vic­tory Taek­wondo has moved to a new per­ma­nent home, now in the County Fair Mall, New Mi­nas. This move was nec­es­sary to pro­vide stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to train more fre­quently and be able to in­vite other schools in for cross train­ing. This is an ex­cel­lent train­ing space and the whole taek­wondo fam­ily loves it.

Through­out the sum­mer you will find Vic­tory Taek­wondo hav­ing fun with their new 20/20 Ar­mour, that is due to ar­rive in July. Stop in and see the new space any­time.

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Be­gin­ning from the back row, from left, Vic­tory Taek­wondo mem­bers Sherry Ko­zlowski, Sa­muel Swinamer, Olivia Mcken­zie, Madi­son Swinamer, An­gel Ko­zlowski, Doug Dou­ble­day, Dahlen Dou­ble­day, Lo­gan Dou­ble­day, Shan­non Dou­ble­day, Garner Dou­ble­day, Daw­son Hay­man, Ash­ton Ko­zlowski, Dy­lan Hay­man, Brody Davies, Bron­wyn Swinamer, Zachary Scott, Jaxon Doyle, Nathan Beaver, Carter Con­nors and Joshua Doyle

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From left, the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Run Team with Vic­tory Dar­ren Swinamer, James Martell, Scott Hale, Dawn Lee Swinamer, Doug Dou­ble­day, Sherry Ko­zlowski, Olivia Mcken­zie, Lola Hale, Stephanie Hale, Madi­son Swinamer, Lo­gan Dou­ble­day, An­gel Ko­zlowski, Dahlen Doubel­day, Do­minic Hale, Rhys Hale, Garner Dou­ble­day, Ash­ton Ko­zlowski, Shan­non Dou­ble­day and front, our hero, Sa­muel Swinamer.

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Dahlen Dou­ble­day break­ing boards with a Split Kick.

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