W H I S T L E R

Whistler Mountain - 1997 Master Dawn Lefebvre is a 6th Dan Black Belt and former Canadian National Champion. Dawn started training in 1974 at the age of 14 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada under the instruction of Grand Master Chong Lee ( 9th Dan Black Belt and head coach for the Canadian National Team for more than 25 years). Within one year of training she was competing in tournaments throughout North America , and in 1986 was awarded the title of Canadian National Champion.
In that same year Dawn went on to win the Bronze Medal at the Pan-American Games in Ecuador, and also the US Open Championships in New York City. In 1987 Dawn placed second in Canada at the National Championships. Winning these and numerous other titles were exhilarating highlights in her career.

Driven by ambition and a vision of sharing her knowledge and skills she was inspired to teach the martial art in which she had excelled. In a positive move, she relocated to Whistler, BC ( home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) in 1987. With the encouragement and support of local families, who wanted their children to have the opportunity to learn Taekwondo, Dawn established the Whistler Taekwondo Club. Soon many boys and girls in the community, as well as their parents, were training. Her school now has more than 70 members ranging in ages from 6 to 60.

After 27 years of training in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo, Dawn was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt . Dawn is only the second woman in Canada to receive this honor. She has achieved the personal satisfaction and success of producing quality students throughout her years as chief instructor of the Whistler Taekwondo Club. Her students have been taught to be excellent, responsible martial artists and productive members of their community with an emphasis on self-confidence, respect, humility, and a positive sense of self-esteem, . It’s not only about kicking and punching but also about developing a positive character! Dawn, with her positive attitude, fierce determination and winning smile, has been an inspiration to everyone in her community and to all who have been fortunate enough to meet her.

Master Dawn Lefebvre has recently been inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.


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