Local karate contestants bring home the medals from provincials

Michela Russo of the Taneda Karate dojo won two medals at the  Karate B.C. Provincial Championships. - Contributed
Michela Russo of the Taneda Karate dojo won two medals at the Karate B.C. Provincial Championships.
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The Thompson Okanagan Zone 2 karate team landed 38 medals at the 2011 Karate B.C. Provincial Championships at BCIT last weekend in Burnaby.

Kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) were the two competition events.

The Kelowna Tsuruoka Karate Club won four medals. The Obst family lead the way with Rie, Jackson and Chelsie Obst all winning bronze medals. Annika Jensen also won a bronze in her division.

Three team members from the Rodney Hobson Karate Academy competed, with Michael Barriault winning silver in his Kata division and bronze in Kumite.

Malaki Vandas competed in the 14/15 year old Kumite division and Gabriel Wilkinson entering the 8/9 year old group. Both athletes were from the Kamloops Renshikan dojo.

The Taneda Karate dojo earned seven gold, eight silver, and 17 bronze medals.

Six athletes were double medal winners: Simarjit Kaloty, 7,  had a silver / bronze win; Mike Michaud with gold / silver; Avneet Kaloty silver / silver;  Michela Russo gold / bronze, Will Wright gold / bronze; and Coulson Boothe winning a silver medal in the 17 to 20  kumite  division, and the men’s under-65 kilo  kumite division.

Gold medals winners were Emily Jones, Katie Becker, Nick Tomey, and Claire Boothe.

Joe Watson and Jackson Tribe were both silver medalists in their kumite events.

Bronze medal winners were Darren Harpe, Taylor Hunter, Ian Jones, Jasper Looman, Kira McNeely, Brett Michaud, Chas Moore, Victoria Moore, Parker Reed, Destiny Szalka, Madeline Harrison, Sukhresh Kaloty, Danielle Kumalae, and Anne Ross.

Michela Russo, Claire Boothe, Avneet Kaloty, Coulson Boothe, Sukhresh Kaloty, Madeline Harrison, Danielle Kumalae, Will Wright and Jackson Tribe have earned an opportunity to compete at the B.C. Team selection tournament.

Top competitors from the elite divisions will fight for a spot to represent B.C. at the Nationals Black Belt Championships in March.

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