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Guadalajara, Mexico (November 23, 2022) – After seven days of elite taekwondo competition at the 2022 World Taekwondo Championships, Team Canada concluded the event with three quarterfinalists and strong performances from the entire team.

After being cancelled and relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Taekwondo brought back the World Championships and hosted the much-anticipated event at the Centro Acuático CODE Metropolitano in Guadalajara, Mexico from November 14th to 20th, 2022.

Ashley Kraayeveld (W-62kg), Jordan Stewart (M-87kg) and Nicholas Hoefling (M-54kg), all reached the
quarterfinals in their respective weight classes and finished tied for 5th place. As the second seed in the women’s -62kg event, Ashley Kraayeveld received a bye through the first round. After being victorious in the Round of 32 against Korea and the Round of 16 against Iran, she came up short against Feruza Sadikova of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. Jordan Stewart was seeded eighth in the men’s -87kg weight class. After his opening round bye and two victories against Sweden and Spain, he fell in a close quarterfinal match to Serbia’s Mahdi Khodabakhshi – the eventual World Champion. Nicholas Hoefling had a similar experience in the men’s -54kg event, earning two wins against Senegal and Turkey to start then taking a loss against the eventual silver medallist, Cesar Rodriguez of Mexico, in the quarterfinals.

Alongside Canada’s three quarterfinalists, were six athletes that reached the Round of 16 and thereby all finishing tied for 9th place in the World – Viviane Tranquille (W-46kg), Skylar Park (W-57kg), Melissa Pagnotta (W-67kg), Yohan Chang (M-58kg), Braven Park (M-63kg), Taeku Park (M-74kg). Taekwondo Canada’s High Performance Director Dr. Allan Wrigley commented on the team’s performance and
experience, “I am extremely proud of how our athletes performed both on the matts as well as in the stands supporting each other. We are continuing to focus on improving as a country, and despite missing out on some medal opportunities, overall, the team has improved their results compared to the 2019 World Championships.

We have outstanding athlete and coaching talent, so we just need to trust in the process and the results will come.” Taekwondo Canada would like to congratulate and thank all the athletes, coaches and support staff that attended the Guadalajara 2022 World Taekwondo Championships!

Full Team Canada results can be found below. For complete results from the Guadalajara 2022 World Taekwondo
Championships please click here.
Name Hometown Discipline Division Result
Ashley Kraayeveld Mississauga, ON Kyorugi W-62kg Quarterfinals
Nicholas Hoefling Campbellville, ON Kyorugi M-54kg Quarterfinals
Jordan Stewart Toronto, ON Kyorugi M-87kg Quarterfinals
Viviane Tranquille Champlain, QC Kyorugi W-49kg Round of 16
Skylar Park Winnipeg, MB Kyorugi W-57kg Round of 16

Melissa Pagnotta Toronto, ON Kyorugi W-67kg Round of 16
Yohan Chang Vaughan, ON Kyorugi M-58kg Round of 16
Braven Park Winnipeg, ON Kyorugi M-63kg Round of 16
Taeku Park Winnipeg, ON Kyorugi M-74kg Round of 16
Angelique Orozco Toronto, ON Kyorugi W-46kg Round of 32
Rachel Cuma Uxbridge, ON Kyorugi W-73kg Round of 32
Rachel Fountain Waterloo, ON Kyorugi W+73kg Round of 32
Marc-André Bergeron Québec City, QC Kyorugi M+87kg Round of 32
Sophia Fokas Richmond Hill, ON Kyorugi W-53kg Round of 64
Hervan Nkogho Mengue Québec City, QC Kyorugi M-68kg Round of 64
Tormod Davis Ketch Harbour, NS Kyorugi M-80kg Round of 64

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
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