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Ottawa, ON – Taekwondo Canada is pleased to announce the Senior National Team which will compete for Canada in the upcoming 2023 World Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The championships, being held May 29th to June 4th, features the top athletes from Canada competing amongst the best on the world stage.

The Senior National Team consists of 16 athletes (8 male and 8 female) from across the country competing for gold in the event. Seven coaches and three support staff will also attend the event on behalf of Team Canada. The full team is listed below:

Total Athletes: 16

NameEventHometownClubHome Coach
Angelique OrozcoF-46kgToronto, ONYoung Choung TaekwondoYoung Choung
Viviane TranquilleF-49kgChamplain, QCHLD TaekwondoCarlos Amezcua
Megan BrewsterF-53kgStouffville, ONYoung Choung TaekwondoYoung Choung
Skylar ParkF-57kgWinnipeg, MBTRP AcademyJae Park
Ashley KraayeveldF-62kgMississauga, ONBlack Belt World – BurlingtonCarla Bacco
Nathalie IliescoF-67kgMontreal, QCWCAP TeamTerrence Jennings
Sofie NicholsonF-73kgSurrey, BCVortex TaekwondoDan Thornton
Rachel FountainF+73kgWaterloo, ONFive Rings TaekwondoGreg Bauer
Nicholas HoeflingM-54kgCampbellville, ONBlack Belt World – BurlingtonCarla Bacco
Braven ParkM-58kgWinnipeg, MBTRP AcademyJae Park
Shane BrittonM-63kgSurrey, BCVortex TaekwondoDan Thornton
Tae-Ku ParkM-68kgWinnipeg, MBTRP AcademyJae Park
Charlélie MercierM-74kgLévis, QCClub de taekwondo Sainte-FoyAlain Bernier
Cedric NdzouliM-80kgQuebec City, QCClub de taekwondo Sainte-FoyAlain Bernier
Ethienne BrunetM-87kgMontreal, QCHLD TaekwondoCarlos Amezcua
Marc-André BergeronM+87kgQuébec City, QCClub de taekwondo Sainte-FoyAlain Bernier

Total Staff: 12

Head of TeamAllan Wrigley Coach 1Carlos Amezcua
Medical 1Elwin Lau Coach 2Carla Bacco
Medical 2Marya Phan Coach 3Greg Bauer
MNA OfficialDavid Harris Coach 4Alain Bernier
MNA OfficialKee Ha Coach 5Young Choung
   Coach 6Jae Park
   Coach 7Dan Thornton

Taekwondo Canada’s High Performance Director Dr. Allan Wrigley said of the upcoming World Championships, “We are really excited to see our athletes perform at this year’s World Championships. With a strong core of veterans, some new Senior Team members, as well as young and up-and-coming talent our expectations for each team member is different.” “I think we have some younger athletes poised to surprise some opponents, but ultimately, we are looking to be better as a team than the 2022 event in Guadalajara. If we can continue to improve from event to event, we will begin to close the gap against some of the stronger countries and create a solid footing towards qualifying as many athletes as possible to the 2024 Paris Olympics.”

Full results will be sent out to all media following the completion of the event on June 4th.

About Taekwondo Canada:

Taekwondo Canada is the official governing body of Taekwondo in Canada, overseeing the sport in all Provinces and Territories. Taekwondo Canada is recognized by World Taekwondo, the International Olympic Committee, PATU and Sport Canada. Taekwondo Canada will continue to be a leading nation in the sport by providing leadership and opportunities to enable its participants to achieve their goals.


Dave Harris

Executive Director

(519) 859-7410