Oak Bay’s karate stars have done it again, setting the district high on an international level.
Geoffrey and Jean Newell of Correia School of Karate, along with John Sawal from Kimeru Karate captured silver medals in the boys’ 14-17 team kata event at the XXIV Junior Pan American Karate Championships in Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 26 to 31.
This marks the first time in the 24-year history of the tournament that a Canadian team has reached the finals in this event.
“This is a huge win for Canada,” said Ed Doherty, one of the Karate Canada coaches.
The boys defeated Venezuela in the first round, then defeated Mexico in the second round before going on to the finals against Peru.
Geoffrey also earned a seventh place in the individual kumite under 55kg, 16-17 boys’ division.