Karate Canada Celebrates the Conclusion of its Largest Junior National Training Camp To Date
Karate Canada has proudly concluded on Sunday July 17th the largest edition to date of its annual Junior National Training Camp, assembling no fewer than 88 athletes and 5 National Team Coaches, in both kata and kumite. This 3-day Camp ended on a high note, as Karate Canada announced the selection of its National Team athletes for participation in the 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Championships (to be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in August – the full list will be posted shortly). The Camp was co-led by National Team Head Coaches Katarina Vadovicova (Kata) and Denis Beaudoin (Junior Kumite), with the help of Assistant National Team Coaches Karen Armour (Junior Kumite), David Strohbach (Junior Kumite) and Pam Ross (Junior Kata). The event also benefited from the invaluable volunteer contribution of the following five referees, whom we all thank profoundly for their generous support: Mr. Babak Sotoudeh, Mrs. Tammy Hennessy, Mrs. Kiran Kainth, Mr. Farshid Hosseinirad, and Mr. Mahmud Majlesi. Highlights of the Camp included an educational presentation on mental preparation by sport psychology expert Mr. Patrick Béland; a physical testing segment for kumite athletes; as well as a surprise visit from Senior Kumite Head Coach Nassim Varasteh and much more.
As usual, Karate Canada salutes the unwavering commitment of all parents who support and accompany their young athletes through their journey to excellence. We also wish to sincerely thank all of the staff members and volunteers who once again made this great event possible. Finally, we wish to congratulate all participating athletes for their hard work and dedication, and we look forward to the remaining Junior National Team Roster events of the season, such as the National Kata Training Camp (Richmond BC, August 11-14; optional for all invited Youth and Junior athletes), the upcoming Regional Kumite Training Camps to be held in Kingston (August 7th, for Ontario and Quebec junior athletes) and North Vancouver (August 6th, for BC junior athletes), and the aforementioned 2016 Cadet & Junior Pan American Karate Championships.