B.C. bronze for young Greater Trail karate ka

Fruitvale’s Macy Verigin took bronze at the Karate BC Spring Provincials in Richmond last weekend.

Beaver Valley Recreation’s Chito-Ryu Karate Dojo had one qualifier attend the Karate BC Spring Provincials in Richmond at the Olympic Oval on the weekend.

Fruitvale’s Macy Verigin continued her incredible success winning bronze at the provincial tournament, a two-day event that draws  about 200 competitors as young as six and as old as 70 to compete in Kata, Kobudo Weapons and Kumite.

The 10-year-old karate practitioner almost pulled out a silver in the individual kata. Verigin, a Fruitvale Elementary School student, was actually tied for second place after the event, but had to perform a tiebreaking kata to decide it.

Her scores in the second kata were better than her first marks, but  she was edged out by a tenth of a point by her competitor and had to settle for a bronze medal.

Verigin qualified for kata and long weapons kata with two gold medals at the regional championship in Kelowna last March. She joined the Zone 1 and 2 team with over 60 others who qualified from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay-Boundary including a large contingent from Castlegar’s Shotokan Dojo.

“Macy’s weapons division was really tough competition, it included girls ages 10-14 and included novice and advanced belts including a Brown Belt (just short of black belt),” said Chito-ryu sensei Scott Hutcheson. “But I’m really proud of her performance.”

Verigin placed a respectable fifth place in weapons to round out an excellent competition.

For more information on Chito-ryu Karate call Beaver Valley Recreation at 367-9319.