REPORTING · 15th June 2010
Amber Pipe has a talented and underexposed team of athletes which need your help. They just finished qualifying for the World competition to be held in Albufeira, Portugal on October 28, 2010.
The cost of the trip will be around $4,000 a piece to represent Terrace and Canada in a World Competition. The tournament is an exciting opportunity for these dedicated and hard working individuals.
Last month Pipe took her team of trained athletes to Ottawa to compete against 1200 others in the Nationals. Her training and effort paid off in spades as this team of Terrace fighters came home with a stack of medals qualifying to attend the Worlds event.
Pipe, herself, won silver in continuous fighting and 4th in the point category in which she was an alternate. 2 years ago she placed 3rd in the world competition in the continuous category.
Points and Continuous are the two categories of these competitions. The Points competition is a simple enter the fray against your opponent and score the first point, these are set for two minutes or the first to reach 10 points. This is the quick and furious hard on skilled attack demonstration event. The Continuous is where the opponents rack up points during a timed event of two 2 minute rounds. The person with the most points at the end wins the match.
Pipe’s student, David-Low Brady, won silver in continuous fighting and a bronze in the point category.
Rajan Sangha, also well known for his Hockey skills with the Terrace Midgets, won the Gold Medal in continuous fighting.
And last but not least a remarkable young man, Dalton Stanvick, who won silver in the continuous category and a bronze in point fighting. Dalton just joined the club in September of last year and already has proven to be a huge talent in his chosen sport.
He has written an impressive letter pleading for sponsorship so that he and his teammates’ can represent Terrace in this world competition.
I am writing this letter in the hope of receiving a donation to help me travel to a world kickboxing tournament for the World Kickboxing Championships in Albufeira Portugal to represent Team Canada.
My name is Dalton Stanvick. I am a sixteen-year old student at Parkside Secondary School in Terrace, BC. Parkside Secondary is an alternative school that I am enrolled in due to behaviour issues that I have struggled with most of my life.
Sensei Amber Pipe from Shogun Dojo is a rehabilitation worker in my school who recognized my destructive life path. Shogun Dojo has strict rules of no drinking, no drugs, and no fighting outside the Dojo under any circumstances. I decided to commit to something other than throwing my life away.
I have fallen in love with the sport of kickboxing and the positive effects it has had on my life.
This year was a busy year for Shogun Dojo as we participated in tournaments in Vancouver, Williams Lake, and the last one in Ottawa. The Nationals is a placement competition for Team Canada. Amber told me not to expect to place on Team Canada because it is my first year competing and training. I was told to enjoy the experience and learn as much as I could while I was there. Team Canada is made up of the top three competitors in each division. I fought my heart out against competitors with years of experience, and I was very elated to receive silver in continuous kickboxing and a bronze in point fighting.
Dalton doesn’t stop there with his writing on this life changing event for him, he includes a testimonial with his request for help to get to the World competitions in Portugal to represent Terrace and Canada.
I, Dalton Stanvick, from the alternative school, against all odds am a member of Team Canada. This experience—this opportunity—has shaped my life in a new direction. I hope to give back to my community by being a positive member of Terrace, showing kids like me that there is a healthier option during their teenage years and that we can choose to aim high and focus on a better future.
The estimated cost of my trip to Portugal is $4000. Any sponsorship that you could provide toward this goal will be greatly appreciated. I will be honored to represent you and your business as I fight to become a world champion in the World Kickboxing Championship!
You can reach me at 250-635-6307. I will be happy to answer any questions concerning my sponsorship. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely yours, Dalton Stanvick
It isn't just Dalton that needs the financial assistance, the entire team has been working an a shoe string budget and every one of them could use the help of donors to cover this expensive journey.
Dalton Stanvick holds up his Bronze and Silver Medals won last month in Ottawa.
Students respectfully bow before entering the training arena
Shogun Dojo, located below Trigo's on Kalum Street has plenty of equipment to get the athletes into shape
Rajan Sangha holds up the Team Canada Jersey they all hope to be wearing this fall in Portugal