A team of 1 athlete and 1 technical personnel/delegate from Saint Lucia returned from Suriname on 16 July 2017 where they participated in the 3rd Caribbean Karate Federation (CKF) Championships which took place from 11 to 15 July 2017.
The athlete was Lainel George who participated in kata and 60kg kumite events against formidable opponents from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and host country Suriname.
This was Mr. Lainel George’s first regional outing and gave an excellent representation of himself and Saint Lucia. He was able to advance to the second round in Kata but was not able to medal. However, he captured the bronze in the male 60kg Kumite event.
His participation in the Championship proved to be an important experience as he encountered first-hand the standard that they have to aspire to and beyond in order to attain a place among the 80 athletes who will qualify for participation in karate events in the Olympic Games in 2020.
The technical personnel participated in kata judging and kumite refereeing courses as part of building capacity and a cadre of qualified karate judges and referees at the national level.
The Team Coach, Sensei Victor Dudley, received his Licence as a CKF Kata Judge, which places Saint Lucia among the list of Caribbean countries with a qualified kata Judge at the Caribbean level.
Mr. Victor Dudley also attended the Congress of the CKF, which discussed progress and plans for karate in the Olympics in 2020 along with expanding the membership of the CKF to other territories such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Barbados and Antigua.
The Karate-do Federation Saint Lucia would like to thank the Saint Lucia National Lotteries Authority and the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, its affiliates, and members of the karate fraternity and their supporters, for their encouragement.
In terms of upcoming events:
• Plans are in the making for hosting of the National Martial Arts Festival scheduled for October 2017, and the National Championship in November 2017