Photo credit BC Sport Karate Snaps used with permission

Karate athletes from Varsity Performance Karate in Saanich earned 5 gold medals at the Karate BC Provincial Championships held this past weekend (December 1st and 2nd) at The Richmond Olympic Oval.

13-year-old Olivia Brodie, her sister 15-year-old Malia Brodie and 18-year-old Guillaume Claude all won gold medals in Elite kumite (sparring) divisions that lead toward Team BC qualification. The trio of teen athletes’ medals were joined by two additional gold medals in Master’s divisions by Varsity Performance Karate assistant coaches Dr. Tanya Crowle and Aaron Elliott. Another 6 silver and bronze medals were earned by these and other athletes from the club bringing the club total to 11 medals.

Malia Brodie, an Esquimalt High School student, took the gold in the Elite 14/15-year-old -54kg kumite division while also earning a silver in the Elite 16/17-year-old -54kg division. Olivia Brodie’s gold medal in the Elite 12/13-year-old -40kg division was followed by a bronze in the Elite 12/13-year-old kata (forms) division.

Claude’s gold medal win came in the Elite U21 -75kg kumite division and was supported by a bronze in the Elite Men’s -75kg kumite division. Club assistant coaches Elliot and Crowle’s gold medals were each paired by a silver medal in the Men’s and Women’s Advanced kumite divisions respectively.

Rookie athlete 12-year-old Anika-Ocean Elliott rounded out the Club’s medal count to a total of 11 with a bronze in the Elite 12/13 -45kg kumite division. Anika’s medal in the Elite division places her in contention, along with the Bodie sisters and Claude, for spots on the Karate BC Provincial Team that will represent the province at the 2019 Junior National Championships being held this coming May in Gatineau, Quebec.

Newcomer 13-year-old Ella Crowle (wearing red in the submitted image) narrowly missed the podium with a 5th place finish in the Elite 14/15-year-old +54kg kumite division.