CochraneNow.com has named Carter Dawood the first Sports Star of the Month for September in its new monthly recognition of local athletes.
Carter, 17, was surprised when the CochraneNow news team dropped by to present the honour last Friday night at the Ippon Karate Dojo. It had been a closely guarded secret shared by Ippon’s head coach and chief instructor Adam Wackershauser and the CochraneNow staff.
Carter has been instructed by Wackershauser since a young age and has developed into one of the top karate athletes in Canada, both in fighting and kata. He is a reigning Canadian champion in fighting in the 67 kg. weight class for 16-17 year-olds (cadet). He's also a provincial champion.
Carter recently returned from representing Canada at the Pan-American karate championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the fighting category. He also competed at the Pan-Am championship in Argentina last year in the kata discipline.
“It’s extremely rare for an athlete to be at such a high level in both disciplines,” explains Wackershauser. “We might have a couple of people in the entire country who have ever done that year-to-year.”
The national champion has also competed in Japan and across Canada.
Carter’s dedication to the discipline extends beyond his own personal development.
“Not only is he one of the best athletes in Alberta, he’s there every day helping teach kids, volunteering his time, putting in that extra,” says Wackershauser.
Judging by the response, Cochrane clearly has many worthy candidates for Sports Star of the Month, says Crystal Payant, of the CochraneNow sales team.
“It was difficult to choose,” she says. “There were so many outstanding athletes nominated.”
She reminds people the honour will be bestowed monthly and encourages them to complete their nominations here.
CochraneNow salutes Dairy Queen, A&W and Cochrane Awards and Promotion for sponsoring the monthly award.
Canadian Champion Carter Dawood Continues to Strive for Excellence