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Tsawwassen Martial Arts athletes win big in Richmond

Jasmine Lee leads way at Steveston Karate Invitational with a pair of gold in kumite
Tsawwassen Martial Arts athletes brought up 24 medals from the recent Steveston Invitational Tournament.

A large contingent from Tsawwassen Martial Arts (TMA) enjoyed a strong showing at the recent 50th annual Steveston Invitational Karate Tournament, returning home with 24 medals.

The 23 students are coached by Sensei Laurian. Here are the individual results:

Aayan Lidder (bronze, kata), Ariana Lidder (silver, kumite), Camden Louie (bronze, kata), Connor Ann (bronze, kata), Cooper Maxwell, Dallas Maxwell, Donald Jorgenson (bronze, kata; gold kumite); Emily Lapadatu (gold, kata), Emily Montgomery (bronze, kata; silver kumite), Grayson Montgomery (bronze, kata), Hannah Francis-Bain (bronze, kata), Isabelle Lapadatu (bronze, kumite), Jasmine Lee (gold, kumite; gold kumite). Kolt Hewlett Kaufman, Lucas Frumson (gold, kata; bronze, kumite), Lucas Maxwell (bronze, kumite), Malakai Bretherick (silver, kata; bronze, kumite), Marley Bretherick (bronze, kata; silver, kumite), Matthew Neufeld, Nate Larsen, Noah Bromley (bronze, kumite), Noah Larsen (bronze, kata; silver, kumite), Samson Deamer.

A group of TMA students will also be representing Canada at the 11th World Union of Karate-Do Federation (WUFK) World Karate Championships, July 13 to 16 in Dundee, Scotland.

An ongoing fundraising campaign is underway to help cover the hosts of this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The community can help by:

Collecting bottles to return to the Tsawwassen Return-It Depot under the phone number 604-782-6764.

TMA is also collecting items for a silent auction and there will be the following events in the weeks ahead: car wash, demonstration at Tsawwassen Mills and Pub night with a live band, June 9 at the Landing Pub in Ladner.