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Karate Canada – Umag, Croatia – July 3rd, 2017 – Canada’s junior national karate team is celebrating its strong showing at the WKF Karate-1 Youth World  Cup, held in Umag, Croatia, from June 30th-July 2nd, 2017. A total of 56 Junior National Team Roster athletes, accompanied by 6 coaches, competed over the weekend, at the largest edition of the event yet, which boasted over 2000 participants from 64 different countries. Over the course of the weekend, Canadian athletes earned three silver medals, as part of a total of sixteen top 10 finishes in both kata and kumite.

Canadian female kumite athletes achieved significant success. In the Youth (12-13) age group, Mahta Gharaei earned a silver medal in the -42kg division. In the U21 (18-20) age group, Camélie Boisvenue earned a silver medal in the +68 kg division, while Alexandra Zaborniak also finished in second place in the -68kg division; Darbyanh Heenan placed 5th in the -55kg division. In the Junior (16-17) age group, Melissa Bratic placed 5th in the +59kg division, while in the -48kg division, Melissa Chan placed 5th and Chloé Veilleux made the top 10. Finally, in the Cadet (14-15) age group, Julia MacLean placed 5th in the -54kg division.

The male kumite divisions also saw some notable performances: U21 athletes Nicholas Patrick Rivest (-75kg) and Alexandre St-Arneault (-84kg) placed 7th in their respective divisions, while in the Junior age group, Maxym-Olivier Rivest also placed 7th in the +76kg division. In the Youth age group, Daniel Galaman placed 7th in the      -55kg division.

In individual kata, Mahta Gharaei finished in 5th place in the Youth Female division, while Megan Rochette placed 5th in the Cadet Female division. In the U21 Male division, both Nicholas Patrick Rivest and Amr Fahmy placed in the top 10.

The Junior National Team program continues with the upcoming 2017 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships, to be held in Argentina at the end of August. A number of young karate athletes have their sights set on the kumite divisions which will be included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, set to take place in Buenos Aires.

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Gillian Benson
Karate Canada