Five athletes from the Campbell River Shito Ryu Karate Club represented the Zone 6 (Vancouver Island and Central Coast) team at the BC Winter Games, held in Penticton from Feb. 24-28.
All five ended up on the podium, some multiple times.
Alexandra Apedaile qualified for the 44-55 kg intermediate girls kata where she won the bronze medal.
Sienna Stephens competed in the under 44 kg intermediate girls kata and won the silver medal. Stephens also competed in the under 44 kg intermediate girls kumite (sparring) where she won gold.
Chloe Doyon qualified for under 44 kg advance girls kata and kumite and won bronze in each. Christina Tymchyshyn competed in the 55+ kg advance kumite and won the bronze medal. In addition, Apedaile, Stephens, Doyon and Tymchyshyn competed in the girls team kata event and won the silver medal.
Lastly, Trevor Potorieko won the bronze medal in the boys 44-55 kg kumite division.
Potorieko was also part of the team kumite and team kata squads from Zone 6 who took silver in both events.
Stephens also won the Girls Sportsmanship award and was invited to join the BC Karate team.
On top of winning 13 medals, the athletes gained from an exceptional experience at the BC Games having made many new friendships and returning home with unforgettable memories.