Four members of Varsity Performance Karate (left to right), Anika Ocean Elliott, Tanya Crowle, Olivia Brodie and Ella Crowle will attend the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John from Feb. 20-23. (Photo provided by Tanya Crowle)

Saanich karate kid to represent Vancouver Island at upcoming BC Games

Three other club members to attend as coach, officials

Four members of a Saanich karate club will be representing Vancouver Island at the BC Winter Games this month.

Anika Ocean Elliott, 13, is a member of Varsity Performance Karate led by head coach Kraig Devlin in Cadboro Bay. She will be competing at the Games in Fort St. John from Feb. 20-23.

READ ALSO: Saanich teen takes her karate skills onto the world stage

In December, Elliott won the Female Advanced Kumite – sparring – division at the 2019 Vancouver Island Qualification Tournament in Nanaimo. This qualified her to compete in the BC Games Karate Tournament which is held at the biennial BC Winter Games.

The Games typically draw 1,200 athletes, 300 coaches and 200 officials to showcase the athletic abilities of youths across the province, Devlin noted. It is open to 12- and 13-year-old athletes, who may only compete in the tournament once – hence the Games are only held every two years.

In accordance with the club’s motto – “Kyozon Kyoei” which translates to “together we succeed” – Elliot won’t be attending the Games alone. Other members of the Varsity Performance Karate team will be joining her in Fort St. John. Tanya Crowle will attend as one of two designated coaches and 14-year-old fellow athletes Ella Crowle and Olivia Brodie will be working at the Games as karate officials.

READ ALSO: Sooke club gets kicks out of karate

Devlin pointed out that both Ella and Olivia competed and earned medals at the 2018 BC Winters Games in Kamloops. The young athletes have since been working to complete the required courses to become coaches and officials.

Varsity Performance Karate offers programs for children, teens and adults. The club trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Local SportsSaanichSports

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Sidney asking tourists to respect health guidelines

Messaging says Sidney is ‘excited to welcome smart, safe, and respectful visits’

B.C. residents can go to the Royal BC Museum for half price all summer

Museum reopening in phases, COVID-19 measures in place

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

No charges sworn, no arrest made as of July 9

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

B.C. ports part of data integration project to protect marine ecosystems

The $1.2 M federally funded program will draw crucial baseline data from Canada’s three coastlines

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Most Read