After cleaning up at a regional tournament back in March, 17 members of the Thompson Karate Club returned to The Pas April 27 to compete in the JKA Canada National Karate Championship.
These athletes walked away from this competition with 18 medals in the various kata and kumite events, an improvement over the 11 pieces of hardware they picked up last year.
Member Gerry de Beer also received a trophy for sportsmanship.
Karate club sensei Peter de Beer says this recent tournament represents the largest contingent of members the club has ever sent to a competition since he took over the group two years ago.
While they might try to squeeze in one more tournament before the end of June, de Beer is already thinking about how to bring this club to the next level in the following school year.
Now that the group has expanded to include over 30 members, the sensei said he’s thinking about even hosting a tournament in Thompson at the beginning of 2020.
For more information about the Thompson Karate Club in general, contact de Beer at firstname.lastname@example.org.