A St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School student medaled twice at the  International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) National Tournament.   

Sofia Reyes, a Grade 8 student brought home two silver medals from the national tournament, securing a spot in worlds in the fall.  

The tournament was Reyes' first at the national level, battling against two black belt competitors.   

She finished second in both the 12-14 Female Brown and Black Belt Jiyu-Ippon Kumite and 12-14 Female Brown and Black Belt Jiyu Kumite.  

Reyes began karate when she was nine years old, and has dedicated the last five years to practicing and training with her coach Rahul Channan.  

She’s medaled in previous ISKF Provincial Tournaments, picking up a bronze medal on March 9, and two silver medals and a bronze at the 2023 provincials.  

"My journey in karate is all about continuous improvement. Achieving the black belt and winning gold medals are my ultimate goals, but I know that the process and the lessons learned along the way are just as important," Reyes said. "For me, karate is about striving for excellence and embracing every opportunity to improve. The world tournament in September is a chance to showcase my skills and learn from the best in the sport."  

Reyes is now preparing for the ISKF World Shoto Cup, which will be held in London, England from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, 2024.  

"We are incredibly proud of Sofia and her dedication to karate. Her commitment to continuous improvement and her upcoming participation in the world tournament is an inspiration to all of us at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School," said Rob Coumont, St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School principal.  



**With information provided by Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.