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Local teen national champ

Two Kelowna teens have qualified for the youth national team after medal performances at the Karate Canada National Championships.

Lauren Reid is national champion for girls 12/13 45 kilograms kumite (sparring), and Emma Tamaki won bronze for girls 14/15 47 kg kumite in Halifax.

The girls both train at Rodney Hobson Karate Academy in Kelowna.

They will now represent Canada at the Youth League World Cup in Umag, Croatia.

Meanwhile, Kyle Beaudoin came in fifth in boys 16/17 68 kg kumite. Daniel Lam did not place in U21 men’s kata.

Hobson is the head coach of the provincial team, which brought home 26 gold medals.

With their continued success, Tamaki and Reid have a shot at representing Canada at the Olympics in 2024 and 2028.

“I’m so proud of the all our karate athletes who represented their province on the highest stage of karate competition in Canada," said Hobson. "All four athletes set a personal best this year, and have tremendous momentum to achieve future goals.”

“I reached my two goals this season, to win a national championship title and make the provincial team," said Reid.

Tamaki added: “I went in trying to focus on my performance, not the result, and had the tournament of my life.”



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