Karatekas get their due

Corey Greaves (centre) and Andre Lovell collect their awards. Absent is Nigel Wallace.
Corey Greaves (centre) and Andre Lovell collect their awards. Absent is Nigel Wallace.

The Barbados Karate Association recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary at their annual dinner and awards ceremony held at Queen’s College. The BKA actually reached this milestone in 2012.†President of the International Karate Daigaku, David Clarke LVO, delivered the feature address to more than 100 members of the association.

Clarke spoke on the history of the BKA as one of its founding members, reminisced on his younger years representing Barbados as part of the kumite (sparring) team and expressed his pride at the younger members carrying on the tradition of excellence, having won gold in Canada in 2012 and therefore redeeming the team that narrowly missed the opportunity at gold when they took part some years ago.

A number of students received special awards including Cameron King who was adjudged to be the most outstanding karateka at national and international level. King has won the individual kumite at regional, Pan American and world championship levels. He has been a leading member of the Barbados team for almost 10 years before moving out of the adult category and into the senior category which he dominated in his first year.

The BKA has been led by Paul Bernstein who has been elected as the president of the association by its members for the past 28 years.

More than 20 black belts were recognised for their service of 25 years and over.

During the evening, the Queen’s College Karate Club and the Barbados Shotokan Karate Club took the opportunity to present awards to their club members.

Awardees list:

Most outstanding karateka at national and international level Cameron King

Most outstanding adult male Cameron King

Most outstanding adult female Allison James

Most outstanding junior female Ladisha Boyce

Most outstanding junior male Kodie King

Outstanding young adult Kyle Fenty

Outstanding adult male kumite team†Corey Greaves, Andre Lovell, Nigel Wallace

Most outstanding senior male kumite team Cameron KingIan Holligan, Martin King

Most improved karateka Shari Cadogan

Perseverance and dedication†James Marshall

Long service awards Paul Bernstein, Alice Bernstein, Gerard King, Neil Skeete, Michael Willaims, David Clarke, Godfrey Decoteau, Winston Mascoll, James Marshall, Cameron KingIan Holligan

For assistance and guidance through the years Dr. Wesley Dexter Shim

For support through the years†National Sports Council†

For support over the years Queen’s College Karate Club, Barbados Shotokan Karate Club

Queen’s College Karate Club awards

Most Outstanding Adult Male Phillip Allsop

Most outstanding adult female Allison James

Most outstanding junior male Nnamdi Greaves

Most outstanding junior female Tia Archer, Reann Barker

Barbados Shotokan Karate Club

Most outstanding adult beginner Delia Chase

Most outstanding junior beginner Joshua Hinds

Most outstanding junior brown and black belt Kodie King, Shamar Forde

Most outstanding junior intermediate division†Mario Elliott

Most outstanding adult brown and black belt division†Oliver Browne

Most improved adult male Brian Lorde

Most improved adult female Lisa Eastmond†††

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