Ottawa – Ottawa’s reputation as a premiere destination for major sporting events continues to grow with the announcement that the city will host the 2018 National Taekwondo Championships. The championships will take place from February 15 to 18 at the EY Centre, and will determine which athletes will represent Canada at this year’s Pan Am Taekwondo Championships, the World Taekwondo Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.

Ottawa’s successful bid to host the national sporting event was announced by Mayor Jim Watson, Sonia Villeneuve, Director at Large of Taekwondo Canada, and Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, at a celebration with local athletes and community members at the Phoenix Taekwondo Martial Arts Academy. Former National Champion and Pan Am Games competitor C.J. Huard Berro took the stage to share his excitement and experience as a local athlete, and Junior National athletes performed taekwondo demonstrations for the crowd.

The bid for the championships was a result of the City’s Bid More, Win More, Host More strategy, designed to attract world-class events to Ottawa and promote economic prosperity and growth. Since the program’s launch, the winning bids and hosted events have generated close to $250 million for Ottawa’s economy. A national event such as the Taekwondo Championships is expected to attract hundreds of athletes and visitors to the city, and generate approximately $800,000 in economic impact.

In strategic partnership with Ottawa Tourism, the City provides $1.5 million annually to support efforts to attract large-scale sporting and cultural events. Because of the strategy, Ottawa’s international reputation as a welcoming and experienced host to major events continues to grow. Ottawa will enjoy a busy schedule in the coming year, hosting sporting events that include the 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships, the 2018 FIVB World League and the 2019 Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships.


“The City’s Bid More, Win More, Host More strategy continues to attract these world-class events to Ottawa, and the incredible success of this approach shows no signs of slowing. Like all the events that have been awarded to the city since we adopted this approach in 2011, the National Taekwondo Championships will have a significant impact on our local economy and enhance our visibility on the world stage.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

“This will be the first time Ottawa has hosted the National Championships since 1988. I was a coach at the ’88 Ottawa event. After 30 years, Taekwondo Canada is thrilled to have the 2018 Canadian National Taekwondo Championships hosted in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. As one of the most prestigious tournaments in Canada, it will feature the very best taekwondo athletes, coaches and referees nationwide. I am confident our organizing committee will collaborate with City of Ottawa to stage an exciting tournament.”
Wayne Mitchell, President of Taekwondo Canada 

“Ottawa Tourism is pleased to welcome Taekwondo competitors and spectators to Ottawa next month. This national championship joins an ever-expanding roster of diverse events held in Canada’s capital, which enhances our reputation as a sport hosting destination and in turn leads to more successful bids in the future.”
Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism