Members of JKA Timaru at Nationals with medals are, standing, left to right, Hayley Chang, 13, Megan Pelser, 16, Sensei Lizelle Pelser (JKA Timaru Instructor), Sensei Karl Naoroji (Chief Instructor JKANZ), Taye Goodger, 16, Gemma Lindsay, Kirtideva Peruman. Front, left to right, Rizky Holdaway-Smith, Jason Box, Josephine Yeo.
A 16-person team from JKA Timaru Karate won 20 medals at the National Karate Championships in Christchurch over the weekend.
Of the 20 medals, nine were gold and were won by Harper Lindsay, Sierra Wilkinson, Ethan Box, Hayley Chang, Jessica Box, Josephine Yeo, Jason Box and sensei Lizelle Pelser (two).
About 300 karatekas participated from all over the country, and it was a great achievement to come away with such a medal haul, said Pelser, adding that the chief instructor of all JKA New Zealand, sensei Karl Naoroji, was extremely proud of their accomplishments.
The JKA Timaru medalists were.-
Harper Lindsay, gold, Jana Stoilkjovic, silver, Kata Female 8/9 years old.
Sierra Wilkinson gold, Ayla Wilkinson, silver, Female Kata 10/11 years old.
Ethan Box, gold, Male Kata 10/11 years old; bronze Male Kumite 10/11 years old.
Hayley Chang, gold, female Kata 12/13 years old, silver, female Kumite 12/13 years old.
Jessica Box, gold, Female Kumite 12/13 years old.
Josephine Yeo, gold, and Gemma Lindsay, silver, Kata Female 35 and over.
Jason Box, Gold, Kata 45+.
Taye Goodger, bronze, Male Kata 16/17 years old.
Megan Pelser, silver, Female Kata 16/17 years old; and bronze, Female Kumite 16/17 years old.
Rizky Holdaway-Smith (silver) and Kirtideva Peruman (bronze) Kata Male 16 years and over.
Sensei Lizelle Pelser, Gold, Female Kata 45+; Gold, Female Kumite 45+; bronze, Female Open Kata.