Unity Martial Arts collects 23 Tiger Balm medals
Small in numbers, big on results. Vernon’s Unity Martial Arts claimed 23 medals at the Tiger Balm Internationals last weekend at the Capilano University Sportsplex in North Vancouver.
Unity’s Rylie Marchand, 11, turned heads by winning gold in each of her five events.
“She was regularly on the smaller side in all her events and the crowed went crazy for her,” said Unity instructor Raja Lee. “I have never seen that before at the Tiger Balms.”
Marchand’s stablemate Taylor Robinson, also 11, won a gold and two silvers. She and Marchand met in a couple of the finals and had to flip a coin to determine the winner.
Skyler Mobey, a 19-year-old competing in his first-ever Tiger Balms, struck two gold and two silver. Devin Beauregard, 22, earned gold in both grappling and pankration, and Alex Loosemore, 19, was runner-up to him in pankration.
Trevor Feeney, 16, secured gold in grappling and pankration in the open weight classes and Jesse Dalton took silver and bronze in pankration and grappling.
Kobe Marchand, nine, struck silver in San Shou (kickboxing), Ty Harris, eight, Noah Thom, 12, and Mya Robinson, eight, all pocketed bronze in their respective grappling divisions.
Unity will be hosting an open house and food drive at its club on 30th Avenue on Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The club will perform demonstrations, and will be offering snacks and a raffle.