Takeshi Smith

Karate athletes compete at Winter Games

Three Summerland athletes will compete in karate at the B.C. Winter Games in Mission later this month.

Three Summerland athletes will compete in karate at the B.C. Winter Games in Mission later this month.

Declan Riddle, Micka Becker and Takeshi Smith, all members of Taneda Karate Dojo, will be at the games for the first time.

Riddle, in Grade 8, is at the green belt level while Becker and Smith, in Grade 6 and Grade 8 respectively, are both at the orange belt level.

Smith has competed at the provincial level in the past, while Becker and Riddle have competed at events in the region.

“This is going to be the biggest tournament I’ve ever competed in,” Becker said.

She has trained in karate for the past four to five years.

Smith has been with Taneda Karate Dojo for three years while Riddle started in karate five years ago.

“I really enjoy it,” Riddle said. “Every day I look forward to learning new things.”

The games will be held Feb. 20 to 23 and will bring together an estimated 2,200 athletes from around the province.