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Karate Canada – Linz, November 1st, 2016 – The 2016 Senior World Championships were held from October 25th-30th in Linz, Austria. Over a thousand athletes from 118 nations came prepared to fight and compete against the best in the world. The Canadian delegation included 18 athletes, accompanied by five coaches and five officials. Canada ends this event with one gold, one silver and two top-10 finishes.
 
For the second time, Karate Canada sent para-athletes to the World Championships. In 2014, Natalie Olson of Alberta was our sole representative and placed fifth. This time, Karate Canada sent three athletes and they made history. Olson took home silver, as her teammate Patricia Wright of Ontario became Canada’s first World Champion by winning gold in the Intellectually Impaired division. It was Wright’s first appearance at Worlds, at 40 years old.
 
In women’s kata, Rita Ngo, of British Columbia, won her first two matches before losing to Egyptian opponent Sarah Sayed, who eventually claimed the silver medal. Ngo then won one of her two repechage matches to ultimately place 7th in the division. In men’s kata, Kenneth Lee also from British Columbia finished 9th in his division. Lee won his first match and then lost against silver medallist Damian Quintero from Spain before going into repechage.
 
In men’s kumite, Daniel Gaysinsky, of Ontario, won his first two matches in the +84kg category before losing 0-1 to Andrei Grinevich from Belarus; Daniel also dominantly won a match for Canada in men’s Team Kumite division. This was only Gaysinsky’s second international competition in the +84kg, as he had previously fought in a lighter weight division. Sarmen Sinani of Ontario (men’s -84 kg) also performed rather well in this tournament, winning his first two matches 2-0 and 1-0 before losing 2-5 to the 2014 World Champion Gogita Arkania (from Georgia).
 
“This was a great milestone for Karate Canada, with amazing performances from our Para and Kata program athletes. We are very proud, and look confidently to the future” declared Karate Canada President, Mr. Craig Vokey. “As the world prepares for Tokyo 2020, the stakes are getting higher and the challenge is becoming greater. Besides achieving a remarkable and historic result in a Parakarate division at this event, Karate Canada has shown that its National Team programs are bearing fruit, with our best performance in years in both women’s and men’s individual kata, and a few athletes also showing tremendous promise and progress in kumite divisions. The future looks bright, and Karate Canada will continue its committed efforts towards ensuring readiness and podium contention
for the Tokyo Olympic Games“ mentioned Olivier Pineau, Karate Canada’s Executive Director.
 
The Senior World Championship is the last event of 2016 for Canadian karate-kas. The Paris Open, being held in January 2017, will be the next rendez-vous for Senior National Team athletes. Canadian karate athletes’ long-term sights are currently set
on the next Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to take place in Tokyo in 2020.
 
Please contact alexandra.roy@karatecanda.org for photos of the event, or visit Karate Canada’s Facebook page.
 
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 benefits from the support of and is funded by the government of Canada. Karate Canada and its 11 member 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.