A Kelowna teen is making waves in the world of competitive martial arts, bringing home a gold in March before heading to Ecuador with Team Canada later this year.
A Grade 10 Rutland Senior Secondary student Kyle Beaudoin, 15, began training at Rodney Hobson Karate Academy in 2010.
“He just medaled his way on Team B.C. for the first time last year, and from there it has been a whirlwind,” says his proud mother, Racquel Funnell. “Team B.C. to Team Canada within a couple months, is unheard of.”
Beaudoin recently brought home a gold medal with Team Kata, and the bronze medal in Elite Kumite from the Junior International Cup and the U.S. Open held in Las Vegas on Easter Weekend.
“It is one of the most prestigious karate events in the world,” says Funnell, who adds that Beaudoin was competing against athletes from more than 50 countries.
Funnell says Canada was well represented bringing home multiple medals in different categories.
Following his Vegas performance, he was asked to join Team Canada and will be headed to Toronto this summer to train before another international competition in Ecuador.
As exciting as it all is, as a single mother Funnell says it is a struggle to fund all the trips, training and competitions.
“It is all happening so fast, so the battle is on to get him where he needs to go right now,” says Funnell. “I will join him when, and if, I can.”
Funnell says she is incredibly proud of her son and the adventures that lay ahead of him.