And three are Canadian champions in their divisions; Worlds are in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
By Pat Payton
GATINEAU, Que. – Canadian champions and members of the 2019 Team Canada squad!
It doesn’t get much better than that, unless you win a WKC World medal. And four members of the Stonetown Karate Centre will get that chance this fall in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Juniors Jalyne Lorentz and Aayden Ragoo, and adults Lisa Sheldon and Darren Campbell all earned spots on Team Canada here at the national tryouts–for martial arts competitors across the country–on the May 17-19 weekend. Lorentz, Sheldon and Campbell were also crowned Canadian champions in their respective divisions.
The nationals consisted of three full days of competition. And two rounds of competition were held in all divisions to determine winners (scores from both days were combined). The top four finishers in each division guaranteed a competitor a spot on Team Canada. There were as many as 23 competitors in some of the divisions.
Four Canadian titles for Lorentz
Lorentz, a Junior Black Belt, had an outstanding tournament in Gatineau. She won the Canadian title in four different 11-12 year-old divisions. She placed first in hardstyle forms, classical forms, freestyle forms and traditional weapons. Lorentz, 12, was finished third in open/musical weapons.
Ragoo, also 12, placed fourth in 11-12 point sparring in the 50 kg. division.
Sheldon finished fourth in point sparring in the Veteran Women (35 years and over) plus 85 kg. division. She also won the Canadian title by finishing first in Light Contact Continuous Sparring.
Campbell fought in the Veteran Men (42 years and over) 85 kg. division. He claimed third in point sparring, and was also named a Canadian champion after finishing first in Light Contact Continuous Sparring.
All four SKC members have confirmed that they will represent Canada at the World in Niagara Falls, N.Y. the week of Nov. 2-8. SKC sensei Jeremy Lorentz will also be attending the Worlds to coach his four students.
“It’s really exciting,” said Lorentz, father of Jalyne. “It’s been a few years since we’ve done this well, especially all the Canadian champions. And it’s been about four years since we’ve had adults going to the Worlds. It’s pretty neat.”
Note: It will be Jalyne Lorentz’s second time in three years competing at the Worlds. In 2017 in Orlando, Fla., Lorentz won a silver medal in points sparring in the Jr. Black Belt division.