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Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Feisty five represent Falconbridge at Kitchener tournament
by Randy Pascal

Still more success for the local martial arts delegation, as five members of the Falconbridge Dojang competed last month at the Tri-Star Taekwondo Tournament in Kitchener, joining some 800 or so fellow registrants.

The next generation of up and coming locals were able to strut their stuff, as Gabrielle Menard (age 6 - orange belt) picked up a bronze medal in Poomsae, while older sibling Ben Menard (age 8 - green belt) managed to match that third place finish, also in Poomsae.

Joshua Martin (age 8 - orange belt) finished one slot higher, taking home silver, as all three youngsters took part in the first big tournament of their career, much to the delight of head coach Mike Larose.

Noah Martin (15 years old - 2nd degree Black Belt) won gold in "High Performance Poomsae" and bronze in “High Performance Sparring", while Tamara Bouchard (13 years old - 2nd degree Black Belt) took home bronze, also in “High Performance Poomsae".

However, it was Bouchard's performance in the sparring division that most impressed Larose. Initially registered in a grouping of just three competitors, Bouchard and her opponents would welcome the late addition of an additional very talented pairing of girls from Chicago.

Not that this would throw off the feisty Northern Ontario native. Bouchard picked up victories in three consecutive fights, looking quite dominant in the process. The Falconbridge crew will continue to train with an eye on a few more out of town events between now and mid-summer.

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