Shuswap karate instructor named international coach of the year

Victoria Watson received bronze for Japanese forms at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Jorja Mitchell was awarded silver for continuous sparring and bronze for point sparring at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Rieley Kalke was awarded silver for continuous sparring at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Danette Rampton received gold for Japanese forms as well as American open forms at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Carter Spink received silver for continuous sparring, point sparring and Japanese forms. He also received bronze for American open forms at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Houston Rampton was awarded silver for point sparring and continuous sparring at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)
Team Canada’s Shuswap members at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. Back: Rieley Kalke, Houston Rampton, Chris Evans, Katherine Watson. Middle: Jorja Mitchell, Natalia Suk, Danette Rampton. Front: Holly Raczynski, Carter Spink, Victoria Watson. (Photo submitted)
Victoria Watson received bronze for Japanese forms at Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament in Las Vegas on June 28-30. (Photo submitted)

A Shuswap karate instructor received international recognition for her coaching and dedication to the sport.

Holly Raczynski brought 42 Canadian martial artists to Las Vegas to compete in Stan Witz’s USA World Championships Karate tournament on June 28-30. Nine of competitors were from clubs in the Shuswap.

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During the awards ceremony where the Canadian team brought home 18 top-three awards, Raczynski was inducted into the International Martial Arts Council’s (IMAC) hall of fame. The organization also named her the international coach of the year.

Not one to focus on her own achievements, Raczynski was impressed with the Canadian team’s sportsmanship.

“As an entire unit, the team supported each other, showed respect for other clubs, presented themselves well and helped out around the competition,” Raczynski said. “Everybody really stepped up as a team and stood out huge; throughout the event we heard nothing but good things from other teams.”

The Canadian team’s help throughout the tournament earned them the award for top country, an award which took into account tournament spirit and volunteerism.

“Our team really pulled it together and made it what it was. Not just for our country but for all the other countries attending,” Raczynski said.

The competitors from Shuswap clubs found themselves on the podium many times throughout the event.

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Danette Rampton won gold for both Japanese forms and American open forms. Houston Rampton won silver for both point sparring and continuous sparring. Katherine Watson received gold medals for point sparring and continuous sparring.

Victoria Watson received bronze for Japanese forms. Carter Spink received silver for continuous sparring, point sparring and Japanese forms, and bronze for American open forms. Rieley Kalke was awarded silver for continuous sparring as did Jorja Mitchell who also received bronze for point sparring.


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