Yakura grabs silver

Brendan Yakura of Vernon won a silver medal at theinaugural Canadian Open Karate Championships

Brendan Yakura of Vernon won a silver medal in the U18 male under 60kilogram category at the inaugural Canadian Open Karate Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Yakura, a 17-year-old who is in the provincial high performance program in Burnaby, topped the field of 24, He lost both fights in U21 men under 60kg division.

“He was very focused and fought well in the U18 male under 60 kg category,” said Vernon coach Donna Hanson.

Avery Collinson, 16, of Vernon, showed great spirit and won one and lost two in the U18 female under 57-kg category. She also lost in the U21 division but met the gold medalist in the first round.

Sydney Grevatt won one and lost two in the U18 female under 57-kg category.

“She has beaten both the gold medalist and bronze medalist this year but came up against some very determined competitors,” said Hanson. “She also fought in the U21 category against former medalists.”

Grevatt, 16, participated with the B.C. team at the National Training Camp after the tournament from Monday through Wednesday.