Last week, two Del students struck gold in their respective categories in the Karate event at the Ontario Winter Games in Orillia. Grade 9 student Liesel Munar, won the U16 Female Kata and Grade 8 student Jesus Villena won the U14 Male Kumite in the 55kg and over category.
Liesel's deepest passion is karate. A member of the Shotokan Karate International Federation dojo in Mississauga, her training regimen consists of one and a half to two hours a day of training, five to six days a week. Liesel has been a part of Canada's junior national team and was ranked second in her division in Canada in 2019. She concedes that this level of achievement requires enormous discipline, effort and sacrifice, especially while also managing schoolwork. When she isn't training or studying, Liesel enjoys playing the guitar and Kumon, but says that she couldn't imagine life without karate.
Jesus was inspired to take on karate at the age of five after his older brother (a Del alumnus) found great success in the sport himself. It was that success and the opportunity to train and bond with this brother that motivated Jesus to achieve his own goals. His newly won gold medal has now led him to qualify for the national championships for the second consecutive year. He presently holds a brown stripe one belt, just one step away from black. Jesus is not only a decorated athlete in karate, but is also a member of Del's U14 championship winning Boys Basketball Team.
We are tremendously proud of both Liesel and Jesus' achievements and congratulate them on a job well done!
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