St. Maarten wins 19 medals at Aruban competitionPOSTED: 11/2/11 11:55 AM
Grand Master Liu pose with the athletes that excelled in their respective categories during the Open Championships which was held in Aruba.
St. Maarten – A delegation from the King Yen Tae Kwon Do School won 19 medals at the recent sixth Caribbean Open International Championships in Aruba. The team copped nine gold, nine silver and one bronze in a tournament that had 250 athletes divided into teams from Aruba, Surinam, and Venezuela.
“I am very pleased once again with the performance of the students, the competition was very tough but the athletes did very well. What they have learnt in training they have put to use and because of this, they have received invitations again from several other organizations to participate in International competitions in their countries,” Grand Master Theo Liu said.
The tournament was the first time the St. Maarten fighters competed while wearing an electronic head and chest protector that is part of the new international scoring system. The system only records precisely executed kicks.
“Our St. Maarten students adjusted to this new scoring system immediately,” Liu said.
Liu wants to have a similar event organized on St Maarten because it will put St. Maarten on the world-map of Tae-Kwan Do countries and bring many positive (economic) benefits. He stressed though that it will take support from relevant agencies to pull it off.
The team was accompanied by parents, sports therapist Pauline Vuyst, for the St. Maarten Sport Massage Association and the coaches Charlene Craig, Joel Rombley and Marcel Loor.
Result SXM athletes:
Division: Name: Result:
20 – 24 kg Male Etienne Conalie (9) Silver
24 – 28 kg Male Malik Loor (7) Gold
24- 28 kg Male Jeremy Rombley (7) Gold
28 – 32 kg Female Naomi Loor (9) Gold
28 – 32 kg Male Sven, Strijder (8) Bronze
36 – 40 kg Female Perlania de la Rosa (13) Gold & Silver
36 – 40 kg Female Lee – Ann, Liu (12) Gold & Silver
36 – 40 kg Female Marijn, Luijt (11) Silver
40 – 44 kg Male Jeremiah,Rombley (9) Gold
44 – 48 kg Male Carolus Luijt (12) Silver
44 – 48 kg Male Kiaran George (11) Gold
44 – 48 kg Male Chad Moore (8) Silver
48 – 52 kg Male Sherlon Clark (14) Gold
48 – 52 kg Male Sebastian Cheung (14) Silver
52 – 56 kg Male Paul Brown(15) Silver
52 – 56 kg Male Reuel Kerdijk (11) Gold
65 – 68 kg Male Manish Laungani (17) Silver