1:30 p.m., May 24)
of local dojo earn ticket to World Karate Council championships
By Fred Sherwin
of the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre hold up the hardware they won
at the recent WFC Canadian Championships. Clockwise from middle: Adrian
Maxwell-Campagna, Tim McGuire, Jessie Munro, Jim Maxwell and Rebecca Shaffer.
Pictured insert: Brianna Ouelette. Fred Sherwin/Photo
of the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre will be jetting off to Ireland
next fall to compete in the World Karate Council championships after qualifying
for Team Canada last week.
will be competing in her fifth straight WKC World Championships after successfully
defending her title in the light contact 60kg and over division for 14-
to 17-year-olds at the Canadian Championships held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
in Ottawa on May 16-17.
won by decision over her one and only challenger in her weight division.
Because of the lack of competition among females in her age group and at
her weight class, Shaffer often trains with the boys which she enjoys thoroughly.
it. It toughens my up," said Shaffer moments after picking up a bronze
medal in semi-contact points fighting, or sparring.
had an off day on Sunday. After placing second in the preliminary round
on Saturday, she suffered a pair of lopsided losses on Sunday to slip to
third. Despite having to settle for a bronze medal, she was excited about
the fact that she had qualified for the World Championships in point fighting
for the first time in five years.
happy with the way I fought yesterday. Obviously, today wasn't very good,
but it's the first time that I've placed in the top three in years,"
said Shaffer, who won a bronze medal in light contact continuous fighting
at last year's World Championships in Orlando.
be joined in Ireland by five of her clubmates including Brianna Ouellette
who will making her third appearance on the world stage.
managed to move up a notch on Sunday, going from fifth to fourth place in
hard style forms, or kata, she missed out on qualifying for World's by just
It was a disappointing
result for the defending Canadian champion in the 12 and under category,
but she managed to bounce back to capture gold in Chinese-style forms. Ouellettes
clubmate Adrian Maxwell-Campagna also picked up a medal in Chinese style
kata, claiming silver in the 14- to 17-year-old division.
older brother Jim managed to recover from a devastating kick to the back
of the neck during the continuous fighting competition that sent him to
the hospital on Saturday to claim the silver medal in points fighting on
debated it a lot whether I should still compete or not, and I ended up deciding
to go fot it so I'm pretty happy with silver," said the elder Maxwell-Campagna
who is competing for the first time since taking up the sport more than
six years ago.
The two other
Elite Karate members who will be competing at the WKC World Championships
next fall are Tim McGuire, who placed second in points fighting in the 12
and under, minus 50kg division, and Jessie Munroe who placed second in light
contact continuous fighting in the 13- to 17-year-old 60kg and over division.
This has been
transition year for sport karate in Canada. The World Karate Council is
a brand new group that has broken away from the World Karate Association
on the grounds that the former group was charging exorbitant prices for
athletes to attend the World Championships and other international competitions.
In just a few
short months the WFC has expanded to include Canada, the United States and
Great Britain among their ranks.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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