five Taekwondo athletes competing

Valerie Ho


•Represented Canada at her first World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in 2018, placing 6th in team freestyle U17 and 11th in pair freestyle U17
• Competed as part of the team that won silver at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualification Event, securing a full team for Canada at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games


Getting into the Sport: Started taekwondo at age 9 and began competing in local tournaments at age 11… Seeing people who were able to kick 180 degrees and do other cool acrobatic tricks inspired her to try out the sport… Outside Interests: Enjoys hiking and camping during the offseason… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Stronger than yesterday”… Naturally spins in the opposite direction to her teammates, which led to choreography challenges before she learned to spin the same way…


Notable International Results

World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships: 2018 – 6th (team freestyle U17), 11th (pair freestyle U17)