WAKO Canada has pronounced 2018 as the Year of Youth!
Our association continues to make young people a priority. The year will be kicked off with a developmental tournament on February 24th focused on newer participants. Both new and experienced athletes will get a chance to enter two new divisions – TAG TEAM KICK-LIGHT divisions and a non-sparring CHOREOGRAPHED PAD DRILL division!
The next month is the incredible Ontario Winter Games (OWG) where 70 selected young people will have the chance to be part of a incredible multisport event in Orillia, Ontario. Our athletes will stay in an Olympic style village with 1500 other athletes; be part of an massive televised Opening Ceremonies; and participate in their sport passion alongside 21 different sports. These kickboxers will have an experience of a lifetime!
There are two additional domestic events with opportunities for young athletes in 2018. On April 14 Canada will host a team from South Africa in a duo team event in Oakville. We will also host a USA Junior team in the fall (Sept-Oct) for an event in Toronto or Niagara Falls. In both events there will be opportunities for young athletes to try out for team spots.
The pinnacle youth event for 2018 will be the WAKO World Junior/Cadet Championship to be held in Italy September 15-22. Tryouts for the National Team include 5 training camps starting in February as well our National Championship May 12-13.
If you are a new kickboxing participant looking for a first competition or you are a seasoned athlete looking for a chance on the world stage – 2018 is your year!
The 2018 WAKO Canada calendar has been mailed to your Member Club!