Pictured holding her 2015 Canadian and World WKC bronze medals is Jelena Lorentz.
By Dan Rankin
Completing a season that began at provincial tryouts in London back in April, Jelena Lorentz of St. Marys placed third in her division at the World Karate Commission’s World Championships in Orlando, Florida earlier this month.
Jelena celebrates winning her World bronze medal at the WKC World Championships in Orlando, Florida earlier this month.
Lorentz qualified as a member of Team Canada at the Canadian Champsionships in Ottawa in May by earning her first bronze medal of the year. Travelling with over 200 other Team Canada members to Orlando this month, she won another. Lorentz competed against seven other fighters in the “-35kg” division in 11-12 year-old Point Fighting. She finished behind two of her Canadian teammates and ahead of another Canadian, making for an all-Canadian sweep of the top four spots in the division.
“It was pretty sweet,” said Jelena’s father Jeremy Lorentz, sensei at Stonetown Karate Centre. “We took our trailer down and we were just 10 minutes away from Disney World. The kids loved it.”
Over 30 countries were present at the Worlds in Orlando, including Venezuela, Guatemala, Finland, Russia, USA, England and Ireland.
Jelena, a brown belt, had previously competed at the Worlds in 2013. She’s looking forward to returning again next year, this time competing in the Light Contact class, which Jeremy described as similar to kickboxing.
Anyone interested in joining the Stonetown Karate Centre can visit the website, at StonetownKarate.ca, find them on Facebook, call 519-284-0614, or stop by the centre at 29 Wellington Street South in St. Marys below the post office (enter off Jones).