By Adrian Dayrit
Alethea Tablante has been working hard at practicing her Karate skills for an upcoming competition in Rio de Janeiro where she will represent Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships presented by the Pan-American Karate Federation.
Alethea has been training since the age of 7 and has worked her way onto the Karate Alberta team while training at Arashi-Do Martial Arts. In March 2018 she competed in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Karate National Championships and won two gold medals, one in each division, Female Kumite Youth -40kg and Female Kumite Youth -42kg.
The championship in Rio de Janeiro will be attended by youth under the age of 21 who have won national titles in their respective countries. The Championship will run from August 20th-26th in 2018 and will be attended by over 35 member countries.
Alethea is now 13 years old and will compete in the Pan American Karate Championship with 60-80 Canadian team-mates and will be accompanied by her coach, Gary Sabean. As the date to the championship draws nearer, Alethea continues to train with her coaches.
“I am confident she will handle the pressure as well if not better than at Nationals because Nationals was the first big competition for her. So, going to the Pan American Championships is another step in her competitive evolution, and one of her best attributes is excelling during competition.” Says her coach Gary Sebean.
With the championship on the horizon, Alethea is excited to compete.
“It’s always been my dream to compete internationally and it’s been a big step for me. Its been quite an experience getting to this point. I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends and train with a variety coaches that have helped me get to where I am today. It has also given me a chance to meet new peers and coaches along the way. There are not enough words to express how thankful I am to have the support that I’ve had to get to me to where I am and continue to do so as I go and compete internationally.” Says Alethea about going to Rio de Janeiro.
Alethea continues to train and her family has set up a GoFundMe to help raise funds for the trip to Brazil and for equipment. If you would like to help Alethea, please see the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/alethea039s-journey-to-pan-am-games