Summerland athletes off to karate national championships

Two Summerlanders will take part in the 2012 Karate Canada National Championships this weekend at the Richmond Oval.

Two Summerlanders will take part in the 2012 Karate Canada National Championships this weekend at the Richmond Oval.

Claire and Coulson Booth are among the 70 B.C. participants at the championships.

Claire Booth, 17, has been in karate since she was six years old. She will be competing in the 16 to 17 girls under 48 kilogram Kumite category.

This is her third time competing at the national level.

If she finishes in the top two in her category, she will earn a spot on Team Canada and will then participate at the Pan American Games in Cancun, Mexico.

“I think I have a better shot than in years past,” she said. “I’ve been trying hard and it’s been my goal for a while.”

The strongest competition is expected from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

There are more than 300 Canadian karate athletes at the event.

Dan Wallis, executive director of Karate B.C., said the organization is expecting a strong medal performance from the B.C. participants.

The B.C. team is ranked third in the country.


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