Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Sierra Leone’s Taekwondo captain, George Edward Holland, clinched a bronze medal in the 2023 African Championship held in Abidjan, marking a significant triumph for both the athlete and his nation.
The 2023 African Championship in Ivory Coast witnessed fierce competition among top Taekwondo talents from various African nations, all striving for glory and prestigious titles. Holland, competing in the 68kg weight category, showcased remarkable agility, strategic prowess, and unwavering focus, solidifying his position as a formidable contender in this competitive landscape.
George Edward Holland’s achievement stands as a source of immense pride for Sierra Leone, underscoring the country’s presence and excellence in the field of martial arts at a continental level. The Sierra Leone Taekwondo Federation, under the leadership of President Oness Johnson, expressed their delight in Holland’s outstanding performance. Johnson emphasized that Holland’s bronze medal not only enhances his personal legacy but also contributes to Sierra Leone’s rich sporting history, elevating the nation to the 29th position globally.
According to Johnson, Holland’s journey to this achievement involved intensive training, discipline, and exceptional sportsmanship throughout the championship. Despite another Sierra Leonean, James Manson Maxwell Mason, not securing a podium position, he managed to earn a valuable point, which is commendable for both the country and his personal progress. Both athletes are now eagerly looking forward to the next international tournament with the aim of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris next year. BT/7/11/2023