By Pat Payton
BURLINGTON – It was an outstanding day for the Stonetown Karate Centre here recently.
The April 6th event was the WKC Provincial Tryouts at the Haber Rec. Centre, and eight Stonetown Karate members qualified for the National Tryouts in Gatineau, Que., May 17-19. A competitor had to finish in the top eight to qualify for the National Tryouts.
“We are super excited this year being able to have eight of our members qualify for the Canadian National Team tryouts in Gatineau,” SKC Sensei Jeremy Lorentz told the Independent. “Every year, Stonetown Karate continually grows its presence at the WKC National tryouts in not only numbers, but also the amount of divisions each member has qualified for.
“This year, we have team members who qualified for as many as six divisions, including sparring, multiple forms divisions and multiple weapons divisions. The dedication to the sport our team members and instructors have brought is amazing, both have proven that hard work and hours of training do achieve great results.
“We are excited to attend the WKC Canadian Nationals this year with this many members competing. A huge accomplishment for Stonetown Karate members and instructors,” he added.
The top four finishers in every division at next month’s Nationals automatically earn a spot on the 2019 Team Canada roster. This year’s WKC World event is being held in Niagara Falls, N.Y. in early November.
Excellent results at Provincials
At the Burlington Provincials, Stonetown Karate fighters posted some excellent results–picking up four firsts, four seconds and three thirds. It was a strong showing for a small martial arts club.
Collecting all four firsts for SKC was 12-year-old Jalyne Lorentz, who competed in the 11-12 girls division. She placed first in traditional weapons, as well as hardstyle forms, classical forms and freestyle forms. Lorentz was also second in open weapons and third in point sparring in her division.
Lisa Sheldon finished second in point sparring in the 35-and-over women’s division, and Darren Campbell was also second in point sparring in the 42-and-over men’s division.
Finley Houston earned the other second for SKC, in point sparring. He competed in the boys 11-12 division. Houston was also sixth in traditional weapons.
Aayden Ragoo finished third in point sparring in the 11-12 boys division.
The other third for SKC went to Jaseena Cates, in point sparring. She competed in the Under-10 girls division. Cates was also sixth in classical forms and eighth in traditional weapons.
Fox Houston was fifth in traditional weapons in the Under-10 boys division.
Brady Medd qualified for Nationals in three events in the 13-14 boys division. He was sixth in both point sparring and traditional weapons, and eighth in classical forms.