(Oct. 17, 2002, Gazette)
|Photo by Chris
Scott Butler kicking up his heels.
Memorial University student Scott Butler recently won the bronze medal
in world heavyweight kickboxing. In May of 2002, Mr. Butler, along with
his 35 teammates, represented Canada at the World Professional Kickboxing
Associations championships, held in Rhodes, Greece.
To be amongst 1,500 of the worlds finest athletes was incredible,
said Mr. Butler.
Growing up in the small Newfoundland community of South River, this first
year physical education student was encouraged by his father to take karate
lessons at Mike Foleys Kenpo Karate school in Carbonear.
Karate was not something I was really interested in, he explained.
But then one day, I just started loving it. And kickboxing was a
natural progression from there.
Three years ago, Mr. Butler began kickboxing with Mike Foley in Carbonear
and Mount Pearl, following a rigorous schedule of strength and cardio
training. In 2001, Maz Nawez, head coach of the Canadian karate/kickboxing
team, recruited Mr. Butler for the North American kickboxing championships,
where he won the junior division gold title and was advanced to the worlds.
I had trained hard and was surrounded by great people, so I was
prepared to win, said Mr. Butler.
Since his international success in Greece, Mr. Butler has had time between
studies to reflect on his incredible experiences, and the people who really
made it possible for him.
I learned so much about sports management, fundraising, and support
from my time before and after the world championships. Student housing,
the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports
Federation, my coaches, my parents, and my friends, Sheldon Heritt and
Sean Hunt, who helped me train, all made my win in Greece possible.
Mr. Butler will be competing this November in Mike Foleys Battle
on the Rock tournament, and hopes to return to the worlds in a year or
two. Im going to keep working hard, he added. And
next time Ill be looking for the gold.