Lakewood, WA- Two local teens that qualified for the US National Karate team earned Silver medals at the Pan-American karate championships this past weekend in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Both athletes train at the Washington Karate Association Lakewood Dojo under the tutelage of their instructor, Sensei Chuck Sweigart.
They are the only two athletes from Washington State to earn spots on the national karate team. “This result is incredible” says Sweigart. “Both fought brilliantly against the best in Pan-America. They have dedicated most of their young lives to karate and now on their way to accomplishing their Olympic dreams.” Karate has been included as sport for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Christopher Penna, 17, from Bothell, has been on the National Karate Team for four years and was one of the favorites to medal in the boys 16-17-year-old -68 kilo kumite (sparring) division. Penna dominated in the elimination rounds defeating Ecuador 5-1, Venezuela 5-1, Mexico 8-0, and lost in the final to Guatemala 3-6 earning the Silver medal.
Matthew Hillyer, 12, from Lakewood, is a first time National Team Member, and fought in the boys 12-13-year-old +50 kilo division. He also dominated in the elimination rounds defeating Columbia 6-1, Mexico 6-2, and Paraguay 6-4. In the final round Hillyer lost a close match to Brazil, 0-2 and also earned a Silver medal.Print This Post