Hard work pays off

Katie Brickman
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Kim's YMCA Tae Kwon Do club in Moose Jaw recently sent 23 athletes to Regina for provincials and brought home 41 medals. Members that went were, back row (L-R) David Chow (instructor), Thayne Harden, Gurav Changar, Mekonnen Cridland, Ram Changar, Ryan Douglas, Nathan Douglas, Mackenzie Miller and Warren Miller (instuctor). Middle row, Jordan McPherson, Devin Baumann, Brody Baumann, Miheret Cridland and Payton Longworth. Front row, Madison Miller, Bryce Baumann, Zach Chow, Ryan Longworth and Tenaye Cridland. Absent was Teresa Benson, Jaden Benson, Kishav Changar, Aurora Wolfe, Neo Bryan and Danamay Maneso.

All the hard work the athletes at Kim’s Moose Jaw YMCA Tae Kwon Do club worked for this season paid off with a successful performance at provincials on Mar. 31 in Regina.

The club sent half of their athletes, 23 in total and came back with 14 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 13 bronze medals for a total of 41 medals. These were the results the team was anticipating prior to provincials and their instructors were pleased with the outcome.

“We were hoping for really good things. We traditionally do very well when we go to competition,” said Warren Miller, instructor. “They all worked really hard and we were expecting big things from them, and they came through again.

“This is huge to send half our club and it bodes well for the club. You get out of it what you put into it and they are obviously putting a lot into it.”

The club’s season finishes at the end of May, but still have a couple of competitions left, specifically another in Calgary that the club is hoping 12-15 athletes will attend.

“We have a really good core group that we will take,” said Miller.

With such success at provincials from all the members that competed, two of the club’s athletes performed exceptionally well and earned a spot to compete at nationals in Toronto in January 2013.

Mekonnen Cridland and Mackenzie Miller will take the next several months to train and prepare for the national competition after finishing first in their weight class at provincials with their black belt.

For Cridland, 12, this will be his first time at a national meet and although he knows it will take a lot of training and hard work to succeed there, he is excited to go and meeting his goals.

“I’m very excited,” Cridland said. “Going there means I can compete at a higher level with new challenges. It means that I’m getting closer to the goal I want to meet at that top level.”

For Mackenzie, 12, this isn’t just another trip to nationals. Even though she has gone every year since she was five years old, she continues to take pride in working hard to achieve the top level.

“Its excitement, hard work and more training,” said Mackenzie. “The judges expect more from you.”

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