Taneda Karata Dojo members representing Canada in Pan-Am championship

Members of Taneda Karate Dojo competing in Pan-American championship in Mexico

Claire Boothe and Sukhresh Kaloty are representing Canada during the Junior

Pan-American Championships in Mexico, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

Boothe and Kaloty, members of the Taneda Karate Dojo, qualified for this tournament in Cancun by placing at the Canadian national championships in March. Boothe and Kaloty also represented Canada at the Junior Olympics and U.S. Open in Las Vegas in April. Boothe won silver in the Junior Olympics and bronze in the U.S. Open. Boothe is the reigning Canadian national champion in the girls 16- to 17-years old, 48-kilogram Kumite (sparring) division.

Both have been training five to six times a week preparing for the Pan-Am championships.

The Pan-American championships are the continental championships for the combined North and South America. Each country is only allowed to send two athletes per division to this tournament.