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PAGE FOURTEEN Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, March 23, 2012

Karate dojo returns from tournament in Japan

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Podium proud - Seventeenyear-old Fergus native Kaelyn Coghill, centre, attended the OFSAA wrestling championships in Peterborough March 5 to 7. After four hard fought matches, Coghill came away the gold medal in the men’s 95kg division, with the support of his coach, former Olympian Karlo Kasap of Guelph. Coghill previously won gold at the district and CWOSSA championships and the juvenile provincials. He will compete in the juvenile national championships in New Brunswick in April. submitted photo

Correction

An article in last week’s sports section incorrectly stated the Edge U-14 ‘AA’ ringette team is the first Elora Fergus team to make the Eastern Canadian Championships. In fact, the U-19 Elora Fergus team won gold at the tournament in 2011. The Advertiser regrets the error.

by Kelly Waterhouse ELORA - Seven members of the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo have returned from the International Dai Sensei Mei Toku Yagi Memorial celebration in Okinawa, Japan, held March 1 to 6. “The Okinawa experience, as we are calling it, was an awesome trip. The junior students were our main focus,” said Sensei Bill Stimpson, owner of the dojo. Francesca VanEsch (11) and Michael Corbett (13) were two of the youngest students invited to compete in the tournament. “Our students competed in two events: single Kata and team Kata,” he explained. “I told my students they were competing on a world stage so they were already winners. My only expectation of them was to go out and do their best” Stimpson said. “Though they did not place in their competitions, I know they did their best, and I was very proud of their efforts. Both Michael and Francesca agree that it was a great experience just to compete.” The event, held at the Okinawa National Theatre, was part of the celebration of the life of Dai Sensei Mei Toku Yagi, the master of the discipline of karate that Stimpson and his students practice. “Our small group participated in a mass demonstration of karate, and that was a great honour. Our small dojo per-

Okinawa adventure - Members of the Elora Gorge Karate Dojo had the opportunity to meet Master Meitatsu Yagi (seated), Master in the Hombu Dojo in Okinawa, Japan. From left are: Francesca Van Esch, Susan Stimpson, Sensei Bill Stimpson, Astrid Van Esch, Jerry Van Esch, Natalia Van Esch and Micheal Corbett. submitted photo formed a group Kata Tenchi on stage before an audience of about 500 people,” Stimpson said. Getting to see Japan, staying in both Tokyo and Okinawa, was a cultural experience for the team from Centre Wellington. “We met great karate people from all over the globe,” Stimpson explained. “The language was not a problem. We had karate as our com-

mon bond. Some of our students understood the Japanese terms used in the dojo, but of course, some translations we just didn’t understand, so we helped each other out.” For Stimpson, a fifth degree black belt with more than 20 years of martial arts training, was inspired by the opportunity to go to the birthplace of karate. “My biggest thrill was to train at the Hombu Dojo

with master Meitatsu Yagi,” Stimpson said. “You could feel the history of the building and the two hours of personal training was incredible.” Stimpson said it was the trip of a lifetime, and he hopes his students gained a global perspective on their sport. “The people were all so kind and helpful,” he said. “We estimated the time spent training in two weeks was equal to one month here at home.”

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Hometown proud - Keelan Sittlington of Elora travelled to Buffalo on March 14 to see his favorite NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, and hometown player Jamie McGinn. Sittlington held up a sign that read, “I’m from Fergus, Jamie McGinn. Go Avalanche!” Sittlington caught his hero’s attention and was handed an autographed puck by McGinn, who scored twice in the game, including the tying goal with one second left in the game. The Avalanche went on to win the game 5-4 in overtime. In nine games since being traded from the San Jose Sharks, McGinn has registered seven goals, two assists, nine points and nine penalty minutes, to go along with a plus-3 rating and 28 shots on goal (stats as of March 16). submitted photo

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