Canadian Karateka Qualifies for 2019 Pan Am Games
Karate Canada – On Saturday, December 1st 2018, members of the Canadian Senior National Team Roster participated in the 2018 North American Cup taking place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This competition, between Canada, USA and Mexico, served as a regional qualifier for the 2019 Lima Pan Am Games. Karate Canada was represented by a total of 21 athletes.
In women’s kumite, Haya Jumaa (-61kg) won the gold medal, securing her position for Lima. Earning bronze medals were Jusleen Virk (-50kg), Kathryn Campbell (-55kg), Trysten Deveau (-55kg), Melissa Bratic (-68kg), and Yashna Hathi (+68kg).
In men’s kumite, Alexandre Benjamin Rivest (+84kg) and Maxym-Olivier Rivest (-84kg) took home silver medals, while Nicolas Bisson (-60kg), Ryan O’Neil (-67kg), Guillaume Tremblay (-75kg), and Daniel Gaysinsky (+84kg) all finished with bronze medals.
In women’s kata, Rita Ngo won the silver medal, while Kenneth Lee took the bronze in men’s kata.
Mr. Craig Vokey, Karate Canada President, noted that ”Haya Jumaa’s qualification to the 2019 Pan American games continues her success on the world stage in 2018; her hard work and dedication is second to none and it shows.”
The karate portion of the 2019 Pan American Games will take place from August 8th-10th in Lima, Peru.
About Karate Canada:
Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation constituted under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada. Karate Canada and its 11 members. Provincial and Territorial Associations assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation and the Pan American Karate Federation. See more at www.karatecanada.org.