Southern Interior athletes were a formidable group, racking up 52 medals at the 2013 Karate B.C. Provincial Championships in Richmond.
The Zone 2 team, which includes athletes from Kelowna and West Kelowna, earned 15 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals last weekend in a field of more than 500 competitors at the Olympic Oval.
Taneda Karate Dojo won 39 medals. Leading the way from the was Claire Boothe who won gold in women’s -50kg Kumite and gold in the U21 -53kg Kumite. In the final match to win the women’s division Claire beat the reigning Commonwealth Games champion. Also winning two gold was Anne Ross, who took the Master’s Black Belt Kata and Kumite. Anne was also awarded the referee of the tournament.
There was one triple medalist from the Taneda Dojo. Darian Lewis won silver in intermediate weapons kata, and bronze in both men’s intermediate kata and kumite.
Reigning Canadian national champion Jackson Tribe was in top form as he began defending his Canadian title. Jackson ended up winning the gold in the boys 16/17 Kumite -76kg.
Other double medalists from the Taneda Dojo were Ian Jones (1 gold, 1 silver), Jodi Bartier (1 gold, 1 silver), Jessica Michaud (1 gold, 1 silver), Takeshi Smith (1 gold, 1 bronze). Katie Becker (2 silver), Tyler Marshall (1 silver, 1 bronze), Rita Becker (1 silver, 1 bronze), Rhiannon Jones (1 silver, 1 bronze) and Will Wright (2 bronze).
Rounding out the medals for the Taneda Dojo was Emily Jones (gold), Max Gainey (silver), Owen McRann (silver), Gurkamal Kaloty silver), Sukhresh Kaloty (silver), Brett Michaud (silver), Marcus Bartier (bronze), Paige Clifton (bronze), Caleb Enns (bronze), Taylor Hunter (bronze), Zack Stevens (bronze), and Matt Taneda (bronze).
Owen McRann was one of only three people nominated for the Junior Sportsmanship award. This award is given to one young athlete that shows exemplary sportsmanship at the provincials.
The Jushinkan Dojo of Kelowna won four medals at provincials. Denis DiPasquale won two gold medals, while his son Matthew won a gold and silver.
The Kelowna Tsuruoka Karate Club won four medals. Leading the way was Alex Vracarevic with gold in mens intermediate Kata and silver in mens intermediate Kumite. Craig Cornock won bronze bronze in both Kata and Kumite in the intermediate men’s division.
The Rodney Hobson Karate Academy won one gold and two silver medals. Johnny Dommasch captured gold in boys 16-17 years Intermediate Kumite. Cole Ruscheinsky won silver in boys 8-9
novice kata, and Kyle Beaudoin won the silver in boys 12-13 Intermediate Kata.
Rounding out the medals for the team were Aaliyah Findlay from the Way of Life Martial Arts Dojo. Aaliyah won the bronze in girls 10-11 Novice Kata. Macy Verigin from the Trail Traditional Karate Dojo won the silver in the girls 10-11 Novice Kata.
The Southern Interior team was coached by Chris Taneda, Mike Ditson and Darren Harpe.