After entering an international taekwondo championship on a whim, a Moncton man who battled a near fatal illness just a few years ago, has come home with a gold medal. 
Sam Johnston recently returned home from a trip to South Korea as champion in the Senior Master Integration Division at the World Taekwondo Championships.
“I was on top of the world,” said Johnston of his win.
Bringing home a medal was not the 52-year-old’s plan. Competing was not even part of the plan, but Johnston figured since he was going to be in Seoul taking part in the international masters instructors course, he might as well enter the competition.
“I mustered up the courage to enter. I hadn’t competed since I was 38.”
Johnston has been a martial arts taekwondo practitioner since he was a teenager. He is now an instructor who has achieved his master’s rank in eighth degree black belt.
A senior manager with Corrections Canada, he has also …