By Pat Payton
LONDON – Four members of the Stonetown Karate Centre have earned a chance to compete for Team Canada later this year.
Brady Medd, brothers Michael and Robert Quick, and Jalyne Lorentz qualified for the national martial arts competition at the WKC Ontario tryouts in London on April 14. The provincials were held at the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre.
Tryouts are held in all provinces across the country, and the top eight competitors in each division qualify for the nationals. All four students from the Stonetown Karate Centre qualified in every division they entered, sensei Jeremy Lorentz reported.
The nationals are being held in Ottawa May 18-20 at the Delta City Centre. Competitors will have to finish in the top four in their respective divisions to earn a spot on the 2018 Team Canada squad. The 2018 WKC World championships are being held in Dublin, Ireland Oct. 27 to Nov. 4.
At the recent Ontario tryouts in London, Medd finished first in the Under-40 kg. 13 and 14 year old boys point sparring division. He was also fourth in Classical kata (forms).
Michael Quick placed second in the 65 kg. and over 13 and 14 year old boys point sparring. His younger brother Robert was also second in the Under-50 kg. 11 and 12 year old boys point sparring.
Jalyne Lorentz was the busiest of the four St. Marys students, collecting four top-four finishes in the 11 and 12 year old girls division. She was second in Classical forms, third in Under-45 kg. point sparring, and fourth in both hard-style forms and traditional weapons.
Lorentz was a member of the 2017 Team Canada squad which competed in Orlando, Fla.