Gold, bronze medals at karate national championship

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Trysten Deveau’s international success in 2013 results in major award

By Karla Kelly

Clare siblings Trysten and Tyler Deveau of Church Point were gold and bronze medalists, respectively, at the Karate Canada national championships Jan. 17-19 in Richmond, B.C.

Trysten Deveau, a grade 11 student at Ecole Secondaire de Clare, won gold in the under-53 kilogram kumite individual female junior category.

The first degree black belt athlete competed against six others in her weight class from across Canada.

Having won gold in 2013 at nationals motivated her to do well in Richmond, she said last week.

“I was in a lower age category last year, so I knew the competition would be much harder this year,” said Deveau.

She won her first three matches to reach the gold medal finals against a competitor from Quebec.

“I lost the first set in a draw and was behind 1-0 in the second with eight seconds left,” said Deveau.

“I scored a head kick for two points and everyone was jumping up and down and cheering, but there were still two seconds left.”

The teen said she kept her challenger from scoring and there was a lot of celebrating when the buzzer went.

“The best part of the match was when I got that head kick in. I was so excited and everyone came up to congratulate me,” she said.

Deveau was also awarded an award for the best overall international performance in the junior division based on her 2013 performances and awards which included such accomplishments as:

• Gold and silver medals last March at the national karate championships in Toronto

• Best female overall athlete at the Yarmouth Cup in June. 

• Bronze medal in the 16-18 age division at a competition in Hong Kong in August.

• Bronze in under-48 kg for 16-17 year old girls at the Pan American junior championships in Columbia in late August.

• Gold at the Commonwealth championships in Montreal in October.

When my name was called, I couldn’t believe it, I got all tingly Trysten Deveau

• A seventh place finish in the World championships in Guadalajara, Spain in November, becoming the first female athlete from Nova Scotia to place in the top eight at this level of competition.

Deveau said she didn’t know she was in the running for the national award.

“There were four competitors nominated for the award that was presented at the national championship banquet,” she said. “When my name was called, I couldn’t believe it, I got all tingly.”

Her brother Tyler, a 19-year-old first degree black belt, won a bronze medal in the kumite individual male U-78 kg division and a second bronze in the Nova Scotia men’s team kumite. 

During Deveau’s third fight, he sustained an injury due to a hard kick to the chest but continued the individual competition, finishing third.

Along with the Deveaus, the 14-member Team Nova Scotia at the national championships included three fellow members from the Bushino Ki Karate Club in Church Point, Simon Frizzell, Alex Mark Comeau and Alex Comeau.

Members of the Nova Scotia team won three gold, one silver and three bronze medals along with a men’s and women’s team bronze medal.

Team coach Mitchell German, who was named top coach at the championships, said Team Nova Scotia was making history.

Next month, Trysten Deveau will compete in the North American Cup in Richmond, B.C., with a possible trip to California for the U.S. Open on Easter weekend.

She will participate in a national team training camp with Karate Canada in Toronto in July before heading to the Pan American karate championships in Peru from Aug. 24 to Sept.1.

Organizations: Church Point, Karate Canada, Bushino Ki Karate Club North American U.S. Open

Geographic location: California, Richmond, Nova Scotia Canada Toronto Quebec Hong Kong Columbia Montreal Guadalajara Spain Peru

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