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Karate Nova Scotia comes to Horton High School

Kailyn Beaton of the Windsor Karate Club was pleased by her gold medal on April 8.
Kailyn Beaton of the Windsor Karate Club was pleased by her gold medal on April 8.

GREENWICH NS – Eleven-year-old Kailyn Beaton was beaming on April 8.  

Gavin Dearman and Mohamed Khan, both of Halifax, took part in the sparring competition at the karate championships held in Greenwich on Saturday.

And no wonder - the Windsor karate athlete won a gold medal in age 10/11 advanced kata at the third Grand Prix tournament of the season.
Kailyn was one of 160 competitors who turned out to spar in three rings simultaneously at Horton High School.
Windsor coach Theresa Griffin said there were athletes taking part from age five right up to those in their 50s on Saturday.
Dojos from Yarmouth to New Glasgow were represented. Two athletes, a brother and sister, even came from the greater Moncton area.
Walid Ismail said his children tried a number of sports, including speed skating and fencing, but “have really stuck to karate.”
Approximately 20 volunteer referees were on hand to run the event.
The day-long provincial level championship of Karate Nova Scotia were sponsored by Doctors NS.
Heading overseas
David Griffin, who coaches with his wife, Theresa, is heading to Morocco this week as a world-class referee.
Griffin has been teaching karate since 1981 when he founded the Windsor club, which moved to Three Mile Plains back in 1988. Over the years they’ve had steady representation at provincial and national championships.
Looking ahead
Try outs for the provincial karate team will take place at a Kata Open Camp on May 7 at the Windsor Karate Club, Three Mile Plains. The camp begins at 1 p.m.
 

Three adult newcomers to karate took part in the three-team kata at Horton High School.
These two young karate athletes took a moment out for a chat about the sport Saturday.

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