Mar­tial artists have success at Cana­dian Open

The Compass - - OPINION -

Seven mem­bers of Earle’s Taek­wondo in Shearstown came away with eight medals at the 2012 Cana­dian Open in Toronto, which took place May 10. This in­ter­na­tional event fea­tured com­peti­tors from 18 coun­tries, and over 700 en­trants.

Club mem­bers de­scribed the trip as an “ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.”

Those tak­ing part in­cluded the fol­low­ing: Toni Nose­wor­thy (se­nior black belt), Bryana Dowd­ing ( ju­nior black belt), Daniel Smith ( ju­nior black belt), Colby Nose­wor­thy ( ju­nior black belt), Noah Cur­ran ( ju­nior black belt), Isaac Crane ( ju­nior colour), Evan Cur­ran ( ju­nior colour), along with coaches Master Wes­ley Earle (sev­enth dan black belt) and Sheila McGrath (third dan black belt).

“The­ses stu­dents trained very hard with their coaches over the past sev­eral months to pre­pare for this event. They have pushed them­selves and have over­come many ob­sta­cles to get ready for the com­pe­ti­tion,” said McGrath.

The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in two events: spar­ring and forms. The re­sults are as fol­lows:

• Colby Nose­wor­thy — sil­ver in forms and sil­ver in spar­ring;

• Daniel Smith — bronze in spar­ring and bronze in forms;

• Toni Nose­wor­thy — bronze in spar­ring;

• Isaac Crane — bronze in spar­ring;

• Evan Cur­ran — Bronze in spar­ring and bronze in forms.

The Earle’s Taek­wondo team that trav­elled to the 2012 Cana­dian Open last month in­cluded: Front (l-r) — Evan Cur­ran, Colby Nose­wor­thy and Isaac Crane; back — Sheila McGrath, Noah Cur­ran, Bryana Dowd­ing, Daniel Smith, Toni Nose­wor­thy and Master Wes­ley Earle.

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