a.m., Nov. 6)
Local dojo returns from WKC world championships with 10 medals
By Fred Sherwin
Martial Arts and Fitness Centre instructor Rebecca Shaffer recently returned from
the WKC World Championships with three gold medals. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre had their best ever showing at the WKC World
Championships this past week, winning 10 medals including three gold by 17-year-old
veteran Rebecca Shaffer.
was competing at the World Karate Council championships for the last time as a
junior and wanted to end her junior career on a high note. After eviscerating
her two challengers to capture the gold medal in the point fighting event, she
took the gold in light contact karate with a unanimous decision over her English
opponent. She was then invited to compete for Canada in the ladies team point
was a real honour. I've never been on the team before and to be selected as one
of the five members was really special," said Shaffer during a welcome home
reception at the Trim Road dojo Friday night. "Unfortunately, I didn't win
my fight, but I did get five points for the team."
lost her match in the team competition when her English opponent broke a 5-5 tie
in the dying seconds of the final found.
defeating fellow Canadian Kimberley Turgeon 9-2 in the opening round of the individual
point fighting event, Shaffer fought one of the best matches of her career against
Amanda Jackson from Northern Ireland in the finals, winning 23-12.
plans to continue fighting next year when she will move up to the senior ladies
really excited about moving up and showing some of the women what they've been
missing," said Shaffer, who has been competing and winning against older
competition in local tournaments for the past year as a way to hone her skills
Shaffer, the Elite team had two other members who had competed on the world stage
Munro improved on the bronze medal he won a year ago in the junior men's 13- to
17-year-old age group by winning silver in light contact karate. He lost to Englishman
Marcus Lewis in a split decision that had many observers shaking their heads including
Elite owner Guy Ouellette.
thought Jesse did enough to win the fight, but I wasn't judging it," said
his part, Munro took it all in stride.
don't know it was close. It could have gone either way," said the reigning
Canadian champion who is looking forward to returning to next year's World Championships
in Savilla, Spain where he will be gunning for the gold medal to complete his
Ouellette is also looking forward to returning the World Championships after having
to settle for silver in Chinese-style kata while competing in the 13- to 17-year-old
age group for the first time. Last year, she won gold in the 12 and under category
in both Chinese and hard style kata.
of the Elite team members returned from their first trip to the World Championships
with a bronze medal including Marie Pharand who won bronze in the ladies hard
style kata event.
has been working at Elite as a receptionist for the past four years and only started
competing a year and a half ago.
was an awesome experience to finally be a part of it and not just standing on
the sidelines and then to actually win a medal, it was very special," said
Pharand who earned her black belt in September.
Danika Plouffe and Tyler Greer also captured bronze, while Serena Moffatt brought
home a silver and bronze medal. Plouffe finished third in points fighting in the
-40kg division among 8- to 12-year-olds and Greer captured won a bronze medal
in points fighting in the +50kg division. Moffatt won a silver medal in light
contact karate and a bronze in point fighting in the -50kg weight class for girls.
eighth member of the the team, Damian Moffatt, had to withdraw from the tournament
after he was accidentally kicked in the groin during the first fight.
of the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre on Trim Road won 10 medals at the
recent WKC World Championships in Albufeirfa, Portugal. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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