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SPORTS PERSONALITY: ‘For me, karate has become like a lifestyle’ says 18-year-old Kemo Cornelius

first_imgCHARMED by the skills of martial arts movie legends like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan while growing up, 18-year-old Kemo Cornelius is definitely willing to emulate those two idols. At eight years old he started training in the combative sport of karate, now ten years later he’s quickly progressing in the sport.The youngster has been winning locally, regionally, and internationally since 2009, and has already advanced to being a 2nd Dan black belt.Cornelius is a student of the Association Do Shotokan Karate, and trains under sensei Amir Khouri.“It’s been awesome. I advanced through my belts quickly, reaching black belt, and then two years later I got promoted to 2nd Dan black belt, which I am currently. I’ve been more focused on tournaments though, so I haven’t been up for exams since.” Cornelius said when we caught up with him.Karateka Kemo Cornelius (right) with his sensei Amir KhouriAt the last Caribbean Karate Championships in Jamaica, the 18-year-old won silver in the Boys’ 17-19 individual kata.This follows a string of medals over the years, both in the individual and team divisions.At the International Karate Daigaku (IKD) World Cup in Canada, in 2015, he won four gold medals: three from team events, and one for the Boys’ 17-19 individual kata.He won another four gold medals in 2014 at the Caribbean Karate Championships, in Trinidad and Tobago, while he won three team gold medals for the Boys’ 14-16 team kata, team bunkai, and team enbu.Because of his size, it could easily be argued that Cornelius does not fit the conventional look of a karateka, but the Caribbean champion sees this as more of an asset than a liability.“Most persons when they hear karate and fighting, they think big and strong guys, so I stand out mostly with my size, which I use to my advantage where I’m really quick and agile and consistently training to improve my level,” said the former St Rose’s High student.He added, “At first it was mostly the fighting, but as I learnt more and more especially reading up a lot on Bruce Lee’s perspective of martial arts, and how it makes us better as individuals it captivated me. So for me karate has become like a lifestyle, but the competition is still really awesome.”His performances overtime have not gone unnoticed, and the Government Technical Institute student was last year honoured as a Banks DIH brand ambassador for his stellar performances.And with karate finally getting a nod from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Cornelius is more determined than ever to develop his career, and perhaps make history as being among the first to participate in the sport at the Olympics.([email protected])last_img read more

Freshman Harrison has lofty expectations as she adjusts to NCAA competition

first_imgFor Shania Harrison, the day of a track meet is always the same.She wakes up and has eggs, a morning ritual she developed in high school. Once she’s at the meet, she makes sure to have a deliberate and long warm-up. Then, when the referee signals the runners to take their marks before the race, she waits back while her opponents kneel down on their blocks.“When they say ‘On your marks,’ I always am the last one,” Harrison said. “I like to stand there and picture the entire race before I get into my blocks.”Harrison, a freshman sprinter from Aurora, Ontario, is always looking ahead. It’s not only her ability to prepare that is leading her to great results in her first season at Syracuse, but her inability to visualize anything but success in her immediate future. Running in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York City this weekend, Harrison looks to ride her initial wave of success and continue to improve her personal times.“I look up to her and I hope to be as successful as she is,” teammate and roommate Rebecca Robinson said. “She is only a freshman and she is absolutely killing it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Harrison and Robinson adapt in their first season as Division-I athletes, their personality differences have made them inseparable.Harrison helps Robinson with her with stress, makes sure she eats the right foods and gets her into bed so she can get the necessary rest for their rigorous training schedule. Robinson is more energetic, and keeps Harrison loose and having fun.Their friendship helps ease the transition assistant coach Dave Hegland said often troubles freshman runners.“We love each other and we do everything together,” Harrison said. “We eat together, well, sleep together, and hang out and train together. It’s great.”As for results, Harrison’s biggest critic is herself. She constantly crunches her numbers in her head and rarely praises herself.At the Gotham Classic, Harrison finished second in the women’s 60-meter dash. She crossed the finish line in 7.42 seconds, the fastest season-opening time she had ever run.“It’s difficult for freshmen to come in the first year but she’s handled the adjustment well,” Hegland said. “She ran real well at our first meet and she is super-talented, but she has to be patient.“When you’re someone like Shania who has had so much success, it can be tough. She wants success right, which is great, but she has to understand that it is a long process.”The process Hegland spoke of was apparent last weekend at the Penn State National Open. Harrison ran a Big East and Eastern College Athletic Conference-qualifying time of 7.51 seconds, but was unhappy with her seventh-place finish and thought she could have produced better individual results.When Harrison is told to take her mark at the New Balance Invitational at the Armory this weekend, she won’t budge. While her opponents kneel down on their blocks, she will remain standing and gaze at the track ahead, visualizing the entire race.She’ll call on her shortcomings at Penn State as motivation, with hopes of rising above the field once again when she crosses the finish line.“This weekend my goal is to not stress out,” Harrison said. “I really just want to go there and do my best and improve.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more