Clare athlete wins two bronze medals at karate Pan Ams

Published on September 1, 2016

CHURCH POINT, N.S. – Trysten Deveau has brought home two more bronze medals from the Junior Pan American Karate championships including one for individual competition.

Trysten Deveau and her brother Riley, of Church Point, were both part of Team Canada at the international competition in Guayaquil Ecuador, Aug. 22 to 29.

Last year and this year Trysten won a bronze medal in team competition but this year she also won an individual bronze competing against 15 others in the under 21 55 kg class.

Trysten won her first two matches and lost her third to a Venezuelan competitor, which put her into the bronze medal match.

That match stayed tied at 0-0 and when that happens, the five referees raise flags to indicate who they saw as the winner. Trysten took the decision four flags to one to win the bronze medal.

“There were a lot of techniques thrown but you need two referees to see it, if they raise two flags, you get a point,” said Trysten. “The other girl fought a different way, she was a timer, she was waiting for me to attack, and I was just trying to make her attack so I could counter, I was trying to make her uncomfortable.”

Trysten was also part of Canada’s under 21 women’s kumite team. Kumite is a three- or four-person team competition with each member of the team assigned random opponents from any weight class from another team.

“Kumite is the most intense part of competition, everyone is cheering super loud, we went through three rounds and placed third,” she said.

In all Trysten says it was a good competition.

“I feel really good about it because with the experience I gained this year I was hoping to medal. The last two years I just missed out on placing in individuals so it was nice, “ she said. “I fought it one match at a time, one point at a time.”

Trysten has been to Pan Ams six times and won an individual bronze when she competed in the 16/17 age class in 2013.

Trysten’s brother Riley, in his first Junior Pan Ams, was up against 16 competitors in the 14/15 boys under 57 kg class.

Like his sister, he won his first two matches and lost his third.

His Mexican opponent not only won gold at Pan Ams last year but won gold this year too.

“So he lost to the best opponent,” says Trysten.

In the bronze medal match Riley lost 2-1 to finish in fifth place.

“He just missed out on a medal, it was super close, so he did just awesome for his first time at Pan Ams,” says Trysten.

The plan going forward for the Deveaus is training hard and earning the points they need to get to worlds.

“Next year the worlds are in Cairo, Egypt,” says Trysten. “We need to place at nationals and do well at Pan Ams to earn our spots on the national team.”

At Pan Ams, Canada sends two athlete per division but for Worlds, just one.