Two Sioux Lookout boys bring home Karate medals
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
Two Sioux Lookout karate competitors have found recent success at the ManSask Karate Tournament.
Ryder Boissonneault and Evan Burch, members of the Sioux Yama Issinryu karate group attended the ManSask competition in Winnipeg. The ManSask competition is a major tournament in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and is run under World Karate Federation rules which are also followed in the Olympics and world championships.
Father of Ryder, Adam Boissonneault, commented, “It was different than all the competitions around here. The two boys were the only competitors from Ontario in the entire competition.”
Boissonneault explained that the level of competition was a lot more intense than that found in Northwestern Ontario, adding that many of the competitors were attending to prepare for qualifying with the Canadian team. Some athletes in attendance were also there to fast track to the Pan American games.
Both boys brought home bronze medals from the competition. Burch brought home an additional bronze medal in Kata Kumite.
Bossionneault noted that he saw the competition as a great learning experience for the young athletes, adding that it was an excellent way for them to challenge their skills with tougher competition. He said their success in the competition has motivated them to work harder and get better in order to continue to succeed in larger tournaments.
Their next step will be looking around for other large tournaments in the area and possibly the United States to enter and continue to improve their karate. The two athletes are coached by Jim Sapay.