JAMAICA’S 1ST MEDAL IN INTERNATIONAL TAEKWONDO
Written by IrieJam Radio on February 8, 2017
Jamaica has its first medal in an International martial arts competition.
On Feb 1st, Jamaica’s Shauna-Kay Hines captured a silver medal at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) US Open Para Taekwondo Championships.
Hines – who was Jamaica’s first ever contestant in the championships, competed alongside 19 other athletes from 6 countries; Canada, France, India, Mexico, Japan and the U.S.
She competed in the M-58kg division Class K-44 – which she dominated from the start. Losing her final match by 1 point, Hines finished the event 4-1, second to the winner’s 5 points.
Along with her silver medal, Shauna-Kay Hines earned 6 points in the world ranking system. She will continue competing at the international level in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Para Olympics.
A former long distance runner, Hines had no previous experience in Taekwondo before beginning training just shy of 3 weeks prior to the event. She was selected to represent Jamaica following an assessment and interview process, meeting the minimum impairment criteria, and fighting with male black belt holders.
President of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation and Hines’s coach, Conrad Jenkins, called her silver medal “a great achievement” and “great encouragement” for other Jamaicans to step forward and be a part of his program.