From Courtney Dojo, four competitors vied in their individual divisions: Lindsey Macdonald in kumite,16/17 girls -53kg: Claudie De Muylder in kumite, 16/17 girls +60 kg; Erin Maher in kumite, 14/15 girls -54kg; and Kalan Anglos in Men’s Kumite -84kg.
All 4 competitors competed in kumite. They all fought very hard in their respective divisions. All came very close to the podium but unfortunately missed the mark. Kalan sustained a head injury which resulted in him being pulled from the competition going into the bronze medal fight. He is home recovering and we wish him a speedy recovery.
From a coaching perspective, I am extremely proud of the BC Team. We were a much smaller team this year (56 athletes compared to 72 the previous year), however we came away with 43 medals (48 last year). We had several podiums with a dominant showing, even a full podium sweep in the U21 men’s kata. Overall, I feel like the level of sport karate across Canada keeps getting better and better, which pushes our team to reach beyond.
I’d like to thank Nicole Poirier for leading our team all year. She is an inspiration to both the athletes and the other coaches. I’d also like to say thank you to all of the other coaches, Mike Ditson, Jason Farquarson, Junya Yamamura, Peter Stoddart and chiropractor Bo Gregson, you guys are a pleasure to work with.
Congratulations to the entire BC Team!! I’m looking forward to next season with all of you.
Pam Ross, Courtney