WAKO Canada has had a long-standing relationship with WAKO South Africa. Over
the past 15 years we have sent 12 National Teams to this most southern African
country. Our relationship goes beyond competition as we have conducted seminars
for local clubs, had joint training camps with both teams, and have shared resources
between our WAKO associations. Pat Carney and his team has always been an
incredible host providing our team with tours, wilderness safaris, historical visits
and incredible hospitality.
Our 13 National Team just returned from two events in the cities of Thabazimbi and
Pretoria. The experience in South Africa was again incredible for our athletes. The
team experienced life on a bush game park; visited traditional African markets;
released captured Boa Constrictors into the wild; and went on a guided safari.
South Africa won the first team event in Thabazimbi while Canada was victorious in
the second event in Pretoria. The bouts were all exciting with our athletes showing
amazing skill and spirit. It was the great relationships that made this trip a once-in-
a lifetime experience for all!