The St. Thomas native has the fight of her life at the WKC championships
Thursday, January 16, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Bronze is better than gold for Kenzie Kilmer.
The 15-year old from St. Thomas brought home two bronze medals from the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission championships, held in Niagara Falls, New York, in November.
"This worlds was by far the biggest worlds they've ever had. This competition was absolutely insane," Kilmer said. "I trained really hard and I am just proud of myself on the way that I performed especially in my continuous fight. I've never fought that well in my life. I don't know where that came from."
Kilmer captured a bronze in open team kata weapons and a second bronze in girls' continuous sparring. The Parkside C.I. student also placed fifth in girls' point sparring.
"This is the achievement I've most proud of," said Kilmer. "It was the fact that the roads to worlds wasn't easy for me. I actually had a concussion a month before I went, so that set me back a little bit. The fact that I could have the fight of my life after those conditions meant the world to me."
Kilmer had already returned from a serious ankle injury that wiped out a year and cost her an opportunity to attend worlds in 2018. At the 2017 world event, Kilmer won a gold medal in 11-12 year old girls' 50-kilogram continuous sparring.
"This bronze medal means so much more to be than the gold medal. It really made a difference overcoming so much. I never knew how strong I was, but the sport kind of drew it from me. I never wanted anything this bad, so it really helped me become strong and I learned a lot about myself."
In point sparring, Kilmer was in control of her match, but due to too many warnings issued to her, the judges awarded the win to her opponent, Kyrah Khan.
"I fought this amazing talented English girl. It wasn't the cleanest fight to say the least, but it challenged me."
Khan, who went on to take the silver medal in point sparring, won gold in continuous sparring.
In team kata, Kilmer and her partner was the lone Canadian team in the final.
Kilmer will be aiming to return to worlds for 2020, as well explore other circuits for her sport.
Over the winter, Kilmer will be wrestling at Parkside.
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