Our Local Olympian

It has been 45 days since Sensei Hamoon left Canada to receive training from the competitive team in Istanbul, along with Rafael Aghayev and many others who would help him improve his chances against his competition. After a month’s practice, it was off to Tokyo, Japan to compete in the Olympic Games.

With a couple of bumps along the way, him and his coach both arrived safely to face their competition and fight their way to a medal on the Olympic podium.

Hamoon Derafshipour competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“I am grateful for all of the support I have had from family and friends.”

When it was finally time, Sensei Hamoon left us in suspense as he climbed his way through each round getting closer and closer to the podium. Losing his first match against France, he fought relentlessly through each round after to secure his spot. Unfortunately during his last bought, him and his opponent sat at 0-0 when sudden his competition swept up and landed a hook kick to the back of his head.

This left him 3 points from winning his match just before their round was over.

Although it was not the ending they had wanted, watching him compete on the biggest stage for any athlete has inspired our students, so that one day they might be able to compete in the Olympic Games themselves.

We are extremely proud of the achievement Sensei Hamoon and his coach Sensei Samira have accomplished over the course of this past year and a half; despite the challenges that Covid-19 brought to everyone.

We are excited to have him back home safely and look forward to working together to help improve our athletes for their upcoming competition.

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