Karate glory for Harvey

Paganini UrsuaHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey Karate Club celebrate their impressive tally of medals.
Camera IconHarvey Karate Club celebrate their impressive tally of medals.

Harvey Karate Club had a landslide of medals as it hosted the 6th Traditional Shotokan Karate-do Federation WA State Titles from June 1 to 3.

Over two days of intensive training and one day of competition, karatekas from Perth and Geraldton competed with great energy and spirit at Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre.

Harvey won 22 gold, 23 silver, 18 bronze for kata or forms, kumite or sparring and team kumite or team event sparring.

Josh Lavis, 17, was awarded the Best TSKF WA male karateka award for overall performance in three different events and during the training. He was also promoted from green belt to blue belt after passing the heart-pumping test conducted by sensei Pasco Costantino, a 6th dan and State director.

Sensei Paganini Ursua looks on as Josh Lavis is promoted to promoted from Greenbelt to Bluebelt by Sensei Pasco Costantino.
Camera IconSensei Paganini Ursua looks on as Josh Lavis is promoted to promoted from Greenbelt to Bluebelt by Sensei Pasco Costantino.

Students got the chance to be taught by sensei Alicia France, a two-time world karate champion from Geraldton. Karatekas of different ranks, regardless of age, displayed so much spirit during training while carefully following the instructions.

This annual event is also the selection for WA team for the upcoming TSKF Australasian Karate Championships to be held at Taupo, New Zealand next March.

Kasha Haines, Sabriya Hayter, and Matilda Cumbers presented medals after Team kata event.
Camera IconKasha Haines, Sabriya Hayter, and Matilda Cumbers presented medals after Team kata event.

Harvey Karate Club sensei Paganini Ursua said the club had been successful over the past six years.

“We have achieved our top dreams having five world champions in our club,” he said.

“Dreams never stop for these students as they again wanted to be part of the selection for Australian team on March 2019, eyeing ISKF World Championships 2020 in London.”

Harvey’s Pam Hendren presented her medal.
Camera IconHarvey’s Pam Hendren presented her medal.
Daniel Fraser, of Perth, against Rom Ursua, of Harvey, as they fight for gold.
Camera IconDaniel Fraser, of Perth, against Rom Ursua, of Harvey, as they fight for gold.

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