...congratulates Jamaica Combined Martial Arts team on performance in Germany
Sport Minister, the Honourable Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has congratulated the Jamaica Combined Martial Arts Team on its outstanding performance at the recently concluded International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) World Championship, and hope the success will inspire young athletes.
"We hope that the success of the team will inspire other youngsters to get involved in the sport. We also hope that it will encourage the Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association to build on these gains by extending the high-school league, from which we expect to see more talent coming through to represent the country at the international level," Grange said in a release.
Jamaica recorded their best returns in history at the May 18-22 Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, bringing home three gold, two silver and one bronze.
Grange expressed her pride in the team's performance, making special mention of Subrina Richards, a 20-year-old student at the University of the West Indies, who was the standout performer and arguably one of the best during the championships.
Richards became the first Jamaican to win two gold medals, successfully defended her lightweight points-sparring title before securing the continuous-sparring crown.
"The achievements of Subrina Richards are phenomenal and should serve as an inspiration to other athletes in the sport, especially our young girls," Grange added.
Members of the team will depart the island on June 16 to Argentina where they will participate in the International Taekwon-Do Federation Pan-American Championships.