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'(Posted 1:30 p.m., May 24)
Six members of local dojo earn ticket to World Karate Council championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre hold up the hardware they won at the recent WFC Canadian Championships. Clockwise from middle: Adrian Maxwell-Campagna, Tim McGuire, Jessie Munro, Jim Maxwell and Rebecca Shaffer. Pictured insert: Brianna Ouelette. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Six members of the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre will be jetting off to Ireland next fall to compete in the World Karate Council championships after qualifying for Team Canada last week.

Rebecca Shaffer will be competing in her fifth straight WKC World Championships after successfully defending her title in the light contact 60kg and over division for 14- to 17-year-olds at the Canadian Championships held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa on May 16-17.

Shaffer easily won by decision over her one and only challenger in her weight division. Because of the lack of competition among females in her age group and at her weight class, Shaffer often trains with the boys which she enjoys thoroughly.

"I love it. It toughens my up," said Shaffer moments after picking up a bronze medal in semi-contact points fighting, or sparring.

The 16-year-old had an off day on Sunday. After placing second in the preliminary round on Saturday, she suffered a pair of lopsided losses on Sunday to slip to third. Despite having to settle for a bronze medal, she was excited about the fact that she had qualified for the World Championships in point fighting for the first time in five years.

"I'm very happy with the way I fought yesterday. Obviously, today wasn't very good, but it's the first time that I've placed in the top three in years," said Shaffer, who won a bronze medal in light contact continuous fighting at last year's World Championships in Orlando.

Shaffer will be joined in Ireland by five of her clubmates including Brianna Ouellette who will making her third appearance on the world stage.

While Ouellette managed to move up a notch on Sunday, going from fifth to fourth place in hard style forms, or kata, she missed out on qualifying for World's by just one spot.

It was a disappointing result for the defending Canadian champion in the 12 and under category, but she managed to bounce back to capture gold in Chinese-style forms. Ouellette’s clubmate Adrian Maxwell-Campagna also picked up a medal in Chinese style kata, claiming silver in the 14- to 17-year-old division.

Maxwell-Campagna's older brother Jim managed to recover from a devastating kick to the back of the neck during the continuous fighting competition that sent him to the hospital on Saturday to claim the silver medal in points fighting on Sunday.

"I really debated it a lot whether I should still compete or not, and I ended up deciding to go fot it so I'm pretty happy with silver," said the elder Maxwell-Campagna who is competing for the first time since taking up the sport more than six years ago.

The two other Elite Karate members who will be competing at the WKC World Championships next fall are Tim McGuire, who placed second in points fighting in the 12 and under, minus 50kg division, and Jessie Munroe who placed second in light contact continuous fighting in the 13- to 17-year-old 60kg and over division.

This has been transition year for sport karate in Canada. The World Karate Council is a brand new group that has broken away from the World Karate Association on the grounds that the former group was charging exorbitant prices for athletes to attend the World Championships and other international competitions.

In just a few short months the WFC has expanded to include Canada, the United States and Great Britain among their ranks.

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