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Canada's karate team has plenty of Pan Am success

06/03/2015 03:50 EDT | Updated 06/03/2016 05:59 EDT
Karate Canada announced 10 athletes on Wednesday who will represent Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

The roster was set at the conclusion of the Karate 1 Premier League Brazil Open championship last month, which was the final point-earning event being considered for team selection.

Captain Chris De Sousa Costa (+84 kilograms) will lead the team into Toronto next month.

The Torontonian won gold at the 2013 Commonwealth karate championship, and was a senior Pan American Championship finalist in 2012.

"I am both proud and honoured to represent Canada at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games," said the De Sousa Costa. "Despite the fact that this will be my very first year as a member of the national senior team, I had a strong showing internationally this year and I am very confident as I go into this next experience.

"These Games are very important to me, as they are the only international multisport event in which karate athletes can compete; they are in some respects 'our Olympics'! I can't wait to feel the energy generated when all of our Canadian teams come together to perform here, on home soil!"

At the last Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Canada's average participating-athlete-to-medal conversion rate was 75 per cent.

The karate competition will take place at the Mississauga Sports Centre from July 23–25.

Canada's karate team for Pan Am Games:

- Jusleen Virk, Vancouver, -50kg women's kumite

- Kathryn Campbell Fredericton, N.B., -55kg women's kumite

- Kamille Desjardins Buckingham, Que., -61kg women's kumite 

- Jasmine Landry Ottawa, -68kg women's kumite 

- Camélie Boisvenue Gatineau, Que., +68kg women's kumite 

- Leivin Chung Richmond Hill, Ont., +60kg men's kumite

- Leirick Chung Richmond Hill, Ont., -67kg men's kumite

- Daniel Gaysinsky Vaughan, Ont., -75kg men's kumite

- Sarmen Sinani Scarborough, Ont., -84kg men's kumite 

- Chris De Sousa Costa Toronto, +84kg men's kumite

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