Seven Outstanding Ji Hong Students Selected to the National Team at the Canadian National Wushu Championships
At the Canadian National Wushu Championships held at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto in August, seven Wushu athletes from the Ji Hong Wu Shu and Tai Chi College made it to the national A team and B team respectively. They will represent Canada at the 11th World Wushu Championships in Turkey on October 6th to 15th of this year, and at the 9th Pan American Wushu Championships next year.
The Canadian National Wushu Championships was sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Wushu Organizations and hosted by Wushu Ontario. Judges came from Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. Wushu Taolu and Sanda formed the two divisions in the competitions. Taolu athletes may select a minimum of two and a maximum of four routines. The total of the highest scores of two of the routines selected will be used as criteria for the selection to the national team. The A Team is made up of the top five men and top five women competitors. They will compete at the World Wushu Championships in October this year. The B team is made up of the top ten men and top ten women athletes to compete at the Pan American Wushu Championships next year.
Onto the World and Pan American Championships
Wushu athletes from across the country, after competing in their provincial selection tournaments and qualifying to compete at the national selection tournament, converged in Toronto for two days of fierce competition. Wushu students from the Albertan division of the Ji Hong Wu Shu and Tai Chi College were outstanding in garnering 7 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals. Seven athletes have been selected to the national team. Among them are Jonathan Leung who won 2 gold medals in Taijiquan and Taiji sword, Eric Duong who competing in Changquan, Sword and Spear, won gold in Sword, and Brianna Chan competing in Nanquan, Nandao, Nangun and Sword, won 2 gold and 1 silver medals. Jonathan and Eric have made the men’s A team and Brianna the women’s A team. All three athletes will compete in the 11th World Wushu Championships leaving for faraway Turkey on October 6th of this year. Four other Ji Hong athletes have qualified for the B team. They are
Alana Chan, Samantha Huynh, Alvin Chiang and Samuel Malone. Together with the three A team schoolmates, they will compete in the 6th Pan American Wushu Championships next year.
In addition to the selection of the national team at the Canadian Wushu Championship, a tournament was held for the junior Wushu athletes in preparation for the national junior Wushu team tournament next year. Four Ji Hong students competed fearless of a strong field of competitors and performed superbly capturing 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.