Following in the footsteps of her older sister, two-time Olympian Ivett, Evelyn Gonda has enjoyed her own podium success, winning gold at the 2012 and 2014 Pan American Championships. In 2015 she made her debut at the senior WTF World Championships after having competed at the junior world championships in 2012 and 2014. She started the 2015 season with a silver medal at the Canada Open. In 2014 she also stood on the podium at the Canada Open, US Open, Pan Am Open and Commonwealth Championships.
Family: Parents Joe and Marta Gonda… Older sister Ivett is a two-time Olympian (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) and has been her role model in taekwondo… Getting into the Sport: Started taekwondo at age 4… As she achieved short term goals she continued on in the hope of achieving bigger goals such as competing at the Pan Am or Olympic Games… Outside Interests Enjoys horseback riding… Graduated from Thomas Haney Secondary School in June 2015… Odds and Ends: Always travels with her pillow…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
WTF WCh: 2015 – Rd of 16 (57kg)
WTF WCh (junior): 2014 – Rd of 16 (55kg); 2012 – QF (55kg)
CWCh: 2014 – SILVER (57kg)
PAC: 2014 – GOLD (57kg); 2012 – GOLD (57kg)
PAC (youth): 2013 – SILVER (55kg); 2011 – BRONZE (55kg)