KMAC athletes ready for nationals
Team KMAC was well-represented at the World Kickboxing and Karate Council (WKC) Ontario Provincial Qualifier, held in Sault Ste. Marie April 20.
Over 190 participants were in attendance — 22 of which were from Team KMAC — from more than 15 different schools from the surrounding area including Thunder Bay, Elliot Lake, Sudbury and North Bay. In eight rings, competitors were judged on four different categories, including open-hand forms, weapon forms, sparring and self-defence. Participants in the tournament demonstrated elements of respect, self-discipline, and camaraderie amongst competitors throughout the day.
Ninety per cent of those who represented Team KMAC at the competition qualified in their respective events to compete at the WKC National Championships held in Ottawa from May 17 to 19. The top four competitors in each division at the National Championships are eligible to attend the WKC World Championships being held in October in Taranto, Italy.
In the last five years, Team KMAC has actively participated at the national level and has had many athletes place in the top three; one being Cassyra Walia, who won a gold medal last year in Montreal.
This is the fourth time Cassyra is looking to secure her position on Team Canada. However, her younger sister Myah is also looking for gold, winning first place in the sparring division over her older sister. The Walia sisters and their classmates are training hard, and looking forward to representing Canada again in 2013.
KMAC offers a variety of martial arts and fitness programs for recreational and competitive athletes. For more information about KMAC, visit www.kmac.ca or phone 705-521-1551.