Fighters clinch medal haul at Pan Am Kung Fu Championships
Bermuda’s athletes did the island proud competing at the Pan American Kung Fu Championships in Ontario, Canada, at the weekend.
The team of Garon Wilkinson, Kaelin Cox, Talia Iris, Errin Cann, Krista Dyer, Kallan Todd, Tristan Robinson, Harrison Selkirk, Geraldine Sidders, Tristan Burgess, Che Beane, Enzi Johnston, Muryah Swan, Quennel Robinson, Jonathan Trott and Cole Durham came away from the event with an impressive 20 medals, including four gold, competing in the various disciplines.
Cox led the charge with three gold medals and a bronze with Dyer and Quennel Robinson securing the island’s remaining golds.
Wilkinson, the Bermuda Sanshou Association president, Cann and Iris were the remaining team members achieving multiple podium finishes.
Wilkinson overcame a hamstring injury to claim a pair of bronze medals while Cann secured silver and bronze and Iris two silver medals.
Swan, Todd, Sidders, Tristan Robinson and Selkirk all captured silver while Beane, Johnston and Trott came away with bronze medals.
“Overall, I was extremely pleased with the team,” an elated Wilkinson told The Royal Gazette. “In the forms we all medalled, which is fantastic.
“You always want to go back home with something, so it is nice to medal, and it was just strong performances across the board.”
Bermuda’s athletes had their work cut competing against formidable opponents.
“Divisions were competitive because it was not just the Pan American Championships,” Wilkinson added. “They had open competitors mixed in with it, so divisions were stacked with a good number of competitors, and we fared well.”
Led by captains Cox and Dyer, the local contingent held their own competing in Traditional Kung Fu, Wushu San Da and Wushu Taolu at the event that took place at the Markham Pan Am Centre from August 3 to 6.
The team was accompanied by coaches Cyril Whitter, Dirk Evelyn, Adriano Lourenco da Silva and Jecoa Burrows, along with San Da officials Nolette Webb, Dwayne Cox and Chaquita Simmons.