Bres­lau sib­lings head­ing to Ja­maica with Team Canada early in the new year

Brother and sis­ter pre­dicted to put on strong show of mar­tial arts skills at world cham­pi­onships

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - VERON­ICA REINER

THE TEAM CANADA MAR­TIAL arts team is off to Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica early in the new year to show off its skills on the in­ter­na­tional stage. The group, which in­cludes young Bres­lau ath­letes Han­nah and Ethan Wright, re­cently held one last prac­tice in Water­loo be­fore mak­ing the trip south.

One of their train­ers, Ju­lian Shau­mon of the Shau­mon Gen­er­a­tion of Mar­tial Arts, ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the young brother-sis­ter duo would put in a strong show­ing at the world cham­pi­onships.

“I have ab­so­lutely no doubt they’re go­ing to do well,” said Shau­mon. “They are the best kids that you can imag­ine in that they’re coach­able. That’s pretty much the num­ber-one thing in mar­tial arts: as long as you’re coach­able, you can do pretty much any­thing.”

Dozens of at­ten­dees made an ap­pear­ance at the fi­nal prac­tice, which in­cluded a send-off from Kitch­ener Cen­tre MPP Laura Mae Lindo.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions on your ex­em­plary skills and ath­leti­cism for mak­ing Team Canada,” said Lindo. “Your ded­i­ca­tion to mar­tial arts and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Canada at the in­ter­na­tional level of mar­tial arts and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Canada at the in­ter­na­tional congress of mar­tial arts is in­spi­ra­tional to our com­mu­nity. So con­grat­u­la­tions on your achieve­ment and I wish you the best to Team Canada.”

The duo has been train­ing re­lent­lessly to pre­pare for the up­com­ing chal­lenge. Han­nah pre­vi­ously trained for a min­i­mum of six hours a week and trav­elled to New York in Novem­ber to com­pete in the 2018 Karate Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons (KTOC), and then com­peted in Toronto Novem­ber 30 - De­cem­ber 1. Trav­el­ling for com­pe­ti­tions is noth­ing new to the team.

Shau­mon made note of the skill pro­gres­sion from the mar­tial artists, par­tic­u­larly Han­nah.

“Just to put it into per­spec­tive, Han­nah when she started train­ing with me per­son­ally, she didn’t have that nat­u­ral abil­ity,” said Shau­mon. “But Han­nah had the work ethic. As I said, she was coach­able. She’s turned into one of the most sought-af­ter and dec­o­rated mar­tial artists in On­tario. It just shows you that as long as you’re coach­able and you have the work ethic, and you try, what you can do. She went from zero to 100 very, very fast. She did it, and she hasn’t turned back since.”

The team will com­pete in Ja­maica Jan­uary 5-6.

[VERON­ICA REINER / THE OB­SERVER]

Bres­lau mar­tial artists Han­nah and Ethan Wright are off to Mon­tego Bay in Ja­maica Jan­uary 5-6 to com­pete on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

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Team Canada met up for a prac­tice ses­sion at Shau­mon Gen­er­a­tion of Mar­tial Arts in Water­loo be­fore mak­ing the trip.

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