C'bar praise five-medal haul
DEFENDING High School Martial Arts League Champions Calabar are hailing their five-medal haul at the recent International Sports Karate Association’s United States Open in Orlando, Florida.
Though fighting without Tye McKay and Tyrique Tai-Loy, the perennial local high school champions contributed two gold, a silver and three bronze to 21 medals won by high schoolers at the biggest martial arts open in the world.
Among the bronze medal winners was Calabar captain Trevor Webb Jr, who fought in the 18 and over, male black belt, 169-and-under division, continuous sparring.
The Calabar schoolboy fought among adults, losing to a Guatemalan in the semi-finals of the tough division, which was won by Jamaica’s Adrian Moore.
Noting Calabar’s performance, coach Jason McKay noted that their dominance was clear but pointed out that St George’s College, especially Ryan Johnson, who won gold in the 14-15 intermediate and beginners division, and Duncan Smith, silver medallist in 16-17 black belt, were fast catching up.
“Though Calabar seem unbeatable with Daniel Azan, McKay, Tai-Loy and Webb Jr, I see a time coming when St George’s will be equally dominant,” he said.
Calabar's first medal was a silver won by Lammari Johnson (14-15 beginners), continuous sparring, before Gabe Riley added bronze in 14-15 beginners on opening-day action, followed by captain Webb Jr’s bronze in the adult division.
On the second day, the Red Hills Road lads picked up the pace with the pair of Azan and Johnson winning gold in points and clash sparring, respectively, fighting as intermediate and beginner in the 14-15 category.
Riley closed out Calabar’s tally, 14-15 beginners, with bronze in clash sparring.