Australian taekwondo athletes to compete in Canada Open and US Open. TAEKWONDO AUSTRALIA

A contingent of 65 Australian taekwondo practitioners will head to North America this week to compete in the Canada Open in Vancouver from 8-10 February before travelling to Reno for the US Open Championship from 16-18 February.

Senior National Performance Centre (NPC) athletes, as well as Senior and Junior Pathways athletes will represent Australia in Kyorugi, providing significant opportunities and developmental experience. The Canada Open and US Open Championships are the final competition window for senior athletes seeking Olympic selection before the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 6 April. The Combat Institute of Australia senior squad, led by the national coaching team of Seok-hun Lee and Ryan Carneli, will see 11 NPC athletes take to the mats. 

Fresh from a recent training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Pathways Team will compete in Kyorugi in the junior and senior divisions, providing vital development and experience for the next generation of taekwondo athletes. As well as the athletes competing, the referees will also be represented with Queensland's Darryl Green making the trip to Vancouver followed by Reno, where he will be joined by Victoria's Ali Rahimi to officiate at the US Open Championship.