KARATE’S debut inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games has left some young champions of the discipline with big dreams.
Prendiville Catholic College Year 7 student Nino Karow with teammates Jes Bromley and Riley Laing are making a big step up in competition when they contest the Goju Kai World Karate Championships in Richmond, Canada next year.
The trio won a medal when the event was last held in 2013 in India but the stakes are higher this time.
The youngsters wore helmets in 2013, but with a step up in grade, they will not be wearing headgear in Canada.
They train with Brian Mackie Karate Academy, Nino at the Greenwood centre, Jes at O’Connor and Riley in Mandurah.
Nino, who has been training for six years, earned the title of best kata competitor in the region when he won his category at the Asia-Pacific championships last year.
He learns under the guidance of local karate expert Ben Mettam, a 6th Dan Shihan.