Cayman’s Derrick Pascal and Leroy Rodriguez returned home wearing silverware last month after competing at the Caribbean Taekwondo Championships in Trinidad and Tobago.
Pascal competed in the Black Belt adult middleweight division, in both Forms and Fighting, placing first in Forms and third in Fighting.
“The training they put us through was really tough, three to four hours each day, Monday to Friday. Though the training was difficult, I am very happy with my performance, and I am excited about continuing to train hard with the master instructors to improve further for upcoming competitions,” said Pascal.
Rodriguez competed in the Under-Belt Adult Heavyweight Division, placing second in fighting.
“The competition in Trinidad was very tough, but it was a great experience for us. It is difficult to judge the level of our progress in the gym, day by day; however, when we have the opportunity to compete against athletes from other countries, we really do find out how much progress we have made, and more importantly, what we need to work on. Next time I want to win gold,” said Rodriguez.
Head coach with the Cayman Islands Taekwondo Association David Reid said, “Derrick and Leroy did extremely well. The experience gained in Trinidad was invaluable. The competition also gave us the opportunity to meet with athletes and coaches from other Taekwondo schools around the Caribbean.
“We hope to visit and train with Taekwondo schools in other countries, and vice versa, which will better prepare us for future competitions.”