En route to Portugal - Two Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents qualify for the WMO World Championship
PHOTO COURTESY FRANCE POMMINVILLE
Sensei Danny Griffith (in white) is flanked by Marc-Olivier Nadon (right) and France Pomminville (left) and some young students following Pomminville and Nadon's qualification for the World Martial Arts Organization.
The Canadian qualifications of the World Martial Arts Organization (WMO) took place last Saturday, June 16 at the John Tonnelli Sports Center in Milton, Ontario. More than 100 participants were trying their luck to qualify for the Canadian team that will fly to Portugal from September 25 to 28 for the world championships, which will host some 20 countries.
Among these participants, Marc-Olivier Nadon, 18, and France Pomminville, 36, qualified for the team. Marc-Olivier won the gold medal and is a Canadian champion in junior competition while France won the bronze medal in traditional kata among the seniors. Both practice karate for several years. They are part of the Jean-Guy Angell Kenpo karate federation. They practiced several years with Sensei Michel Lavoie in Saint-Zotique and train today with Sensei Danny Griffith, 8th dan black belt, multiple times world champion and twice inducted into the Hall of Fame. Danny Griffith is also vice-president of the WMO.
Marc-Olivier is a black belt and has been practicing Kenpo karate for about 10 years. He is a resident of Sainte-Justine de Newton. For him, Saturday was a dream day. "I don’t grasp it yet. My first place in the fight confirms my black belt in the Kenpo federation, I am a Canadian champion and I am going to the world championship in Portugal. I am really on a cloud.”
France is an advanced colour belt and has been practicing martial arts for over 10 years. She did two years of Kung Fu before starting the practice of Kenpo karate with a break of a few years during her maternity leave. "I’m extremely proud to have qualified. I was in strong categories with lots of black belts and I managed to sneak by. I’m proud of my performances and really happy to live this experience. I will be able to demonstrate to my children that anything is possible when you work hard and believe in it."
Both will leave for Portugal at the end of September to participate in the world championships in the Algarve region. The organization pays some costs for participants such as uniform training camps, equipment, etc., but participants must pay for transportation and accommodation. They are looking for sponsors and donors to fund their trip to the World Martial Arts Championship.