Karate cham­pion

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When one thinks of the Ja­panese mar­tial art of karate, no one thinks Canada is a dom­i­nant force in the sport. But Stanstead res­i­dent Chris­tian Ouel­lette is def­i­nitely a dom­i­nant force in the Canadian scene and proved how dom­i­nant he was in the world by fin­ish­ing sec­ond at a world tour­na­ment in Tokyo, Ja­pan, at the be­gin­ning of the month. “Fin­ished sec­ond in the se­nior di­vi­sion,” he said. “That was peo­ple who were 40 years plus.” The tour­na­ment Ouel­lette fought in was an in­vi­ta­tion-only event, mean­ing he had to qual­ify and earn the in­vi­ta­tion prior to leav­ing for Tokyo. “I won the Canadian cham­pi­onship in Mon­treal last spring,” he said. “That qual­i­fied me for this tour­na­ment.” This was the sixth world tour­na­ment he had par­tic­i­pated in, hav­ing been to Tokyo four times be­fore, as well as at­te­dend­ing tour­na­ments in France and Bri­tain. “It’s a very skilled event,” he said. “They just don’t in­vite any­one.” The tour­na­ment lasted for three days. Ouel­lette only had to fight one of those days. He fought five times, win­ning all but the last. cont'd page 13

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