Sage Thomas

Shodan-ho 2015

I was born in Nanaimo in 1999 and grew up in Lantzville where I now live with my parents, brother. I attended French Emersion at Ecole Hammond Bay elementary School until grade five then moved to Aspengrove school until grade nine. This fall I will be going into grade 11 at Dover Bay Secondary School and will continue to focus on getting good grades.

Along with karate, I also enjoy horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, water sports, fishing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. For the past 3 years I have attended Ignite Athletic Development and in 2013 I was a finalist for the Nanaimo Athlete of the year award.

I first began Karate in 2004 at the age of five at Lantzville Shima Karate School. There I trained with Sensei Maximchuk for many years and achieved white to my blue belt. It unfortunately closed in 2011. Luckily I was able to move to the Nanaimo Dojo where I currently train with Sensei Nordli and have been working towards my black belt in Goju Ryu.

In the past few years I have competed in many karate competitions all over Vancouver Island and the Mainland. In 2012 I competed at the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon and achieved a bronze and a gold medal. I also medaled at the 2012 Jr Olympics in Las Vegas. Unfortunately I received a bad concussion which has prevented me from sparing at full speed ever again. Luckily I am still able to compete in Kata. Just last year I was fortunate enough to be a member of the BC Team and was able to compete in the 2014 Canadian Nationals.

I am grateful to all the Senseiļæ½s, coaches, team mates, friends and family that have encouraged me along the way to always do my personal best and focus on my goals. Thanks You!