“I'm extremely proud. This is quite a momentous time to have this many on the team this year,” said Griffin while at his dojo in Three Mile Plains.
Griffin has been attending nationals – either as a competitor, coach or referee – for more than 30 years. He said while none of the Windsor competitors have been to nationals before, he's sure they will quickly adjust to the high calibre athletes around them and blossom.
“Provincial, local and regional tournaments are quite different than a national tournament,” said Griffin.
“I think they they will be exposed to a level of competition that they haven't seen before. I know that they are capable of stepping up and participating at that level. I think that it will be an eye-opening experience for them.”
Fourteen-year-old Maddison Hollett is one of the competitors heading to Quebec City. The tournament is Feb. 23-25.
“I've never been to nationals or to Quebec or anything like that. It's really exciting,” said Hollett, who has a brown belt and will be competing in the kata cadet age 14-17 division.
Hollett, who has been involved in karate for eight years, said she's sure to pick up some good techniques while away, but has been practicing hard leading up to the competition.
Aiden Postma and Alex Lyghtle are excited to be heading to Quebec City later on this month to compete at a national karate tournament.
Windsor Karate Club instructor David Griffin says he couldn't be more proud of the young members who made the provincial team. Pictured are, from left, back row: Griffin, Maddison Hollett and Angel Niet; front row: Aiden Postma, Alex Lyghtle and Jesse Niet.