Simone Tecson won her second Gold on December 8, 2019 at the Maishima Arena, Osaka, Japan. ( Photo provided) 

Updated, December 31, 2019, 12:07 PM

Vancouver, B.C.

Second Gold for Vancouver youth

Mildred German

Vancouver, BC – 17-year old Filipino-Canadian  Simone Tecson traveled to Japan to defend her Gold title and won.

In 2018, she won Gold at the IKO Nakamura International Friendship Karate Championships. This win automatically made Tecson a Defending Champion. At age 16, Tecson found herself training extensively after school.  She can be seen practicing seriously at her karate dojo, Vancouver Seiyu Karate. 

On December 8, 2019 at the Maishima Arena, Osaka, Japan, Tecson’s hard work paid off. She defended her Champion Title successfully representing Team Canada. She also received her second Gold title in the Kyokushin Karate Kumite Category: White-Green Belt Light Weight 16 to 18 years old.

Tecson, a Grade 11 student of Sir Winston Secondary School in the International Baccalaureate Program, has competed in karate locally and internationally. Competing in the international level also gives Tecson many opportunities to travel and learn.

When asked what she enjoyed the most about her trip to Japan, in addition to her victories, Tecson answered, “The sayonara party after the tournament.”