Lazar Williams had an exemplary performance with a fourth place finish at the recent Canadian national karate championships in Toronto.
Lazar is on a recent roll of success as a member of the Kaigan Karate Club.
Last November, he placed third at the B.C. provincial championships, earning him membership in Team B.C. To be chosen to be a part of the Elite Team B.C. he then had to qualify top two at selections, at which he placed second. After months of intensive training he travelled to Toronto to compete in the nationals.
“I never expected to come this far,” said Lazar, who is preparing for the Zone 5 tournament in April in order to qualify for next year’s competitions.
He would like to thank all the Coast sponsors who contributed to his considerable travel expenses. He is grateful to the Team B.C. coach Jason Ferguson for all his help and hard work. Team B.C.’s head coach, Nicole Poirier received coach of the year award at the national championships. Thanks go as well to his parents, friends and other club members who showed their support and, most importantly, his sensei Dallas Grieve who has devoted 11 years to his martial arts development.