Karate kids in the medals

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Jion International Karate Dojo Ashburton’s Olivia Kononyuk, left, (in blue) in action during her gold medal winning kumite.

Karate athletes from Ashburton have earned an impressive 23 medal haul at the Canterbury Class 2022 Karate Tournament last weekend at West Melton.

Thirteen athletes, aged from 5 to 16 years, all students of Jion International Karate Dojo Ashburton and under the watch of chief instructor and coach, sensei Thornsten Windhorst, attended the championships and brought home 10 gold medals, six silver and seven bronze.

‘‘All our competitors did extremely well and collectively brought a total of 23 medals back to Ashburton,’’ said dojo manager Jacqui Windhorst.

‘‘Each competitor competed in both Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring),’’ she said.

Jion international Karate Dojo Ashburton’s Layla Ward, in red, during her gold winning kumite.

Medal results were: Kata: bronze Brian Kononyuk (9yr dev), silver Maya Rollinson (9yr dev), gold Brooke Edmond (9yr dev), silver Desna Velusamy (10yr dev), silver Carina Lupse (11yr prem), silver Joshua Cannan (12yr prem), bronze Matthew Glass (13yr dev), bronze Layla Ward (13yr dev/inter), bronze Isabel Wang (13yr prem), gold Elliott Ward (15yr dev/ inter) and bronze Madison Soal (16yr prem).

Kumite: gold Olivia Kononyuk (5yr dev), bronze Brian Kononyuk (9yr dev), silver Maya Rollinson (9yr dev), gold Brooke Edmond (9yr dev), gold Desna Velusamy (10yr dev), gold Carina Lupse (11yr prem), silver Madison Edmond (12yr prem), gold Joshua Cannan (12yr prem), gold Matthew Glass (13yr dev), gold Layla Ward (13yr dev/inter), gold Elliott Ward (15yr dev/ inter) and bronze Madison Soal (16yr prem).