Five karate athletes from Varsity Performance Karate in Saanich

Five karate athletes from Varsity Performance Karate in Saanich earned eight medals at the 2nd annual Vancouver Island Karate Championships held on February 10th in Nanaimo, BC.

“This was a real family affair for our team as there was one brother/sister duo, one brother/brother pair and one mother/daughter combination,” says Varsity Performance Karate’s Head Coach Kraig Devlin.


Nine-year-old Faith Patterson Patterson from Frank Hobbs School took silver in the 8/9-year-old girls kumite (sparring) division in her first karate competition while brother Troy (13) earned double silver in the kata (forms) and kumite in the 13/14 boy’s division.

Claremont secondary student Irvin Goraya, (16) won a silver medal in the 16/17 kumite division supported by his brother Robin (14) who took bronze in the 14/15-year-old kumite division.
Thirteen-year-old Ella Crowle earned three medals at the event taking gold in both the 12/13-year division and the 14/15-year-old kumite divisions. Crowle also earned a silver in the 12/13-year-old kata girls division.

The team was coached by Dr.Tanya Crowle (mother of Ella) who helped support the athletes in their preparations and competition