Kamloops Martial Arts students reach podium in Shuswap

Kamloops Martial Arts taekwondo students were in action on the weekend at the PMA Shuswap Open in Salmon Arm.

The nine- to 11-year-old Kamloops team of Rachel and Claire Charron, Vaaren Gill and Tayja Merrick claimed silver in the patterns event.

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Claire Charron won gold in patterns and sparring and Rachel Charron earned a silver in patterns. Both are black belts, as is Tayja Merrick, who won bronze in patterns competing against older athletes.

Black belt John Tomczyk won bronze in sparring.

Lara Laukkenen won silver in patterns and bronze in sparring. Vaaren Gill won bronze in patterns and silver in sparring. Both are blue belts.

Three yellow belts hit the podium, with Alicja Tomczyk earning gold in patterns and sparring, Waris Gill winning gold in patterns and sparring and Noah McCarthey claiming bronze in sparring.

Floria Meili won gold in patterns and Krystal Poel-James earned bronze in patterns and sparring. Both are white belts.

Master Robert Gill is head instructor at KMA.

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