A team of 16 athletes consisting of 6 males and 10 females together with 3 officials left Grenada on Tuesday (July 19) to represent the island in Jamaica at the 13th IKD Caribbean Karate Championships.
The team has been training intensely since April in preparation for this event.
Its youngest member is 7 year old Jayda Holder, who will be competing
in the two individual events in her age category, 7-10 years – kata and sparring.
Grenada won 13 medals at the last IKD Caribbean Tournament in Trinidad in 2014.
A four member team, comprising 2 officials and 2 athletes, Racquel Campbell and Anya Chow Chung, attended the 2nd World Karate Federation (WKF) Caribbean Championships last weekend (July 15th and 16th July) in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Racquel won gold and Anya won bronze in kumite (sparring) at the event.
Marc Chow Chung also attained his World Karate Federation referee’s/judge’s international certification after scoring the highest in the exam.
The WKF is the world governing body for karate that is recognised by the IOC.
Karate is slated to be included on the roster of Olympic sports for the 2020 Olympic Games.