National karate tryouts held this past weekend in Ottawa
By Pat Payton
OTTAWA – Two members of the Stonetown Karate Centre, Jalyne Lorentz and Brady Medd, qualified to compete for Team Canada at the 2018 World Karate championships later this year.
The national tryouts were held here at Delta City Centre this past weekend, May 18-20.
Lorentz, who turns 12 next month, competed in five divisions — bringing home a gold medal in the Junior Traditional Team Kata division and a silver medal in 11-12 year old Classical Kata division.
Lorentz also placed fourth in the 11-12 year old Hardstyle Kata division and fourth in the 11-12 year old under 45 kg. Point Fighting division. She finished fifth in 11-12 year old Traditional Weapons, making her the first alternate competitor for that division.
Medd, 13, earned a silver medal in 13-14 under 45 kg. Point Fighting division. He also placed as an alternate in his Classical Kata division for the 13-14 year olds.
All competitors who place in the top four positions of a division qualify for a spot on the Canadian team. This year’s World Karate event will be held in Dublin, Ireland from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2.
Great tune-up for nationals
It was a great tune-up for the national tryouts for Jalyne Lorentz.
The 11-year-old Lorentz collected three first-place finishes at the Karate Mania 2018 tournament here Saturday, May 5 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Lorentz was first in weapons, first in kata (forms) and first in point sparring in the 12-and-under Jr. Black Belt division. She competed in Ottawa this past weekend, hoping to earn a spot on the Team Canada roster for the second year in a row.
The 42nd annual Karate Mania event, known as the ‘Big Trophy’ tournament, attracts over 500 competitors from Canada and the U.S.
Four other Stonetown Karate Centre teammates also competed well in Kitchener.
Jelena Lorentz finished second in point sparring in the 13-14 Jr. Black Belt division.
Three members of the Campbell family brought home hardware as well. Nathan Campbell was second in point sparring and fifth in kata in the 6-and-under advanced division. His older brother Nicholas was fourth in kata in the 10-year-old Intermediate category. Dad Darren Campbell was third in point sparring in the 40-and-over advanced division.