Karate students shine at nationals

Four members of the Taneda Karate Dojo left the 2011 Karate Canada National Championships in Saint Hyacinthe, Que. with silver and two bronze medals.

Four members of the Taneda Karate Dojo left the 2011 Karate Canada National Championships in Saint Hyacinthe, Que. with silver and two bronze medals. The four athletes captured three medals in the three-day competition, one silver and two bronze.  Sukhresh Kaloty competed in the junior boys (16 to 17 years) 76-kilogram kumite division. Kaloty fought very well only losing to the eventual gold medalist. In this division Kaloty won bronze and was also part of the boys 16 to 17 team kumite. In team kumite, each province puts their best three fighters on a team and face off in a best-of-three competition. The BC boys fought very well getting all the way to the gold medal match against the host province of Quebec. Kaloty won the only fight for BC in this event and captured silver.  Coulson Boothe qualified for three events competing in 18 to 20 men’s kata, 18 to 20 men’s 67-kg kumite and men’s 68-kg kumite. Competing well in all three divisions, Boothe won bronze in the 18-20 men’s 67-kg kumite. His sister Claire Boothe competed in her second nationals in the 16 to 17-year-old girls in the 48-kg kumite division. She won her first fight but lost the second to the eventual gold medalist.  Michela Russo competed in her first national championships in 14 to 15-year-old girls kata. Russo competed very well losing a close first match 3-2. Phil Taneda represented B.C. as an official and was awarded his National A refereeing license from Karate Canada.