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Thursday, June 2, 2011 The Chilliwack Progress

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Karate for Canada as four head to Taiwan Four members from Chilliwack’s Valley Shidokan Karate have been selected to a Japanese Karate Association team that will represent Canada at the JKA’s world championships in Thailand this August. Team members include Valley Shidokan Sensei Don Sharp, joined by students Amanda Keriliuk (15), Zachary Charlton (13) and Jacob Maud (13). “The team members have worked hard in both competition and training to get to his level,” Sharp said. “It will be a long summer of rigorous preparation, but I know they will represent Canada well.” Sensei Sharp, fifth Dan, qualified to represent Canada in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). He is the only adult in B.C. who made the grade. In 1996, he joined Team Canada at this competition and brought home the gold medal in men’s kumite, the first non-Japanese champion in the history of

the tournament. Other Valley Shidokan students from the past have also brought home medals at the world competition level. As part of preparations for this event, Hirayama Sensei teamed up with Sensei Sharp to conduct a seminar for all JKA members last weekend. Hirayama Sensei is a sixth Dan female instructor from JKA Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. “I was excited, especially for the ladies of our dojo, to have such a qualified female instructor visit us,” explained Sharp. “Hirayama Sensei even did a special ‘ladies only’ class.” Team members are actively fundraising to help cover the over $8000 of expenses they anticipate the trip will cost. They are holding a pub night fundraiser June 17 (6 to 10 p.m.) at the Jolly Miller Pub. Dinner is $10 and they are looking for donations of items or services for a silent auction. They are also hoping to find

corporate sponsors, donors, and other opportunities to raise funds. The team is leaving Aug. 13, arriving in Taiwan a week before the tournament. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Valley Shidokan is hosting a traditional karate tournament at Vedder middle school. Participants from JKA dojos across the province are participating in this event. The format and grading criteria will be different from the sport karate tournaments. This traditional style will be a meaningful break from the competitions familiar to Valley Shidokan members. Participants, ages five and up, will compete in individual kata, team kata, and kumite. Members of the public are encouraged to drop by and watch. It will start at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. For more information, check online at www.valleyshidokan. com.

Kirk crushing competitors

Hirayama Sensei, Japanese Karate Association sixth Dan from Japan, teaches at a Valley Shidokan Karate seminar. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Twelve-year-old Andrew Kirk continues to rack up gold medals on the track. The Chilliwack native earned four first place finishes at the B.C. elementary school track and field championships, held May 27-29 in Richmond. Kirk dominated the dashes. He finished first in the 100 metre with a blazing time of 13.22 seconds, first in the 200m with a time of 27.12s and first in the 300m with a time of 43.77s. Kirk added the capper in the long jump, soaring 4.78m for another gold medal. Thirteen-year-old Afton Servatius earned

another gold for the Chilliwack Track and Field Club, as she fired through the 100m dash in 13.86s. Tanner Geary (13-year-old boys) narrowly missed the podium in the high jump, finishing fourth with a leap of 1.35m. Michaela Read (12-year-old girls) finished fifth in the 800m run, clocking a time of 2:49.5. Taylor Read (11-year-old girls) placed 11th in the 600m run with a time of 2:23.4, adding a 10th place showing in the discus with a toss of 7.91m. See www.chilliwacktrackandfield.teampages. com

Craddock coaching Canada at Universiade games University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball coach Barnaby Craddock is lending his talents to Team Canada’s coaching staff for International University Spor ts Federation (FISU) Games this August, 2011. Craddock joins Kevin

Hanson (University of British Columbia) and John Campbell (Dalhousie) at the 26th Summer Universiade, taking place Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. This is Craddock’s first Universiade appointment. Last year, UFV’s bench boss led the

Cascades to a sixth place finish (10-14) and a position in the Canada West playoffs. They went the distance against the rival Trinity Western University Spartans, losing the best-of-three series in the final game. Craddock coached the U-17 B.C. provin-

cial basketball team to a bronze medal at last summer’s 2010 Canada Basketball National Championships. Craddock will be entering his fifth year at the helm of the Cascades in September. Previously he led the Brandon Bobcats to the 2006 CIS national cham-



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