A DOZEN members of northern suburbs karate club will represent WA in the National Karate Championships from August 3 to 5.
Shobukan Martial Arts, based in Wangara, Joondalup, Hillarys and Alkimos, will send 10 members to Queensland for the championships, as well as two coaches.
Head instructor Michael Panossian is the head coach of the state team, while Shane Coleman is the state coach and his son Blake is the captain for the team of 50 athletes.
The athletes include Shobukan’s Olivia Clifford, Saba Clark, Kristen Walden, Shelby Miller, Ella Cooperwhite, Mason Clark, Darcy Horwood, Samantha Dhatt and Zane Coleman.
“These athletes have been preparing for the event since February and have their sights set for success and are looking forward to competing against some of the best in Australia,” Sensei Panossian said.
He said the inclusion of karate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics helped create a pathway for athletes to reach their ultimate dreams.
The club’s representation of officials will include Sensei Dion Panossian, who chairs the referees’ council.