MIDDLE REGION–Team St. Maarten won 14 gold medals, 11 silver and six bronze medals at the 11th International Tae kwon do Championship in Santo Domingo this past weekend.
Winning two gold medals were eight year old Leomar Dolphin, 11 year old Gimora Calmero and 16 year old D’anre Victor. The athletes competed in both sparring and forms, or display of blocks, kicks and attacks.
The athletes, all from the King Yen Tae kwon do school in Middle Region, under the direction of Grand master Theo Liu also captured five first place youth trophies and the group was named Best International Team.
Winning a gold medal in sparring were Mahelia Artiles Gadishaw and Kendall Mathew. Both also won a bronze medal in forms.
Winning a gold medal in forms were six year old RonaldoCandia –Williams, plus a silver in sparring; Jaden Batista, plus silver in sparring; Myles Holiday plus silver in sparring; Lee-Ann Liu; Marcellius Mathew plus a silver in forms; and Maxim Persaud plus bronze in sparring.
Two silver medals went to Caitlin Amatkasmoeri, Matthew Persaud and Owen Christian.
Maalik Richardson won a silver in forms and bronze in sparring while Aden Mathew earned two bronze medals. A total of 266 athletes competed in the tournament.
Making the trip possible for Team St. Maarten were sponsors NAGICO Insurances N.V., Euro Caribbean Linkup N.V., Oriental Caribbean Insurances (OCI), Nicherei Carib Corp. Guardian Group – Fatum N.V, Seven Seas Water and Intermar.
As usual Grand master Liu was proud of his team saying, “We have been named Best International Team at yet another competition.” He also praised the fine job of team therapist and international team coordinator Paulien Vuijst.