Judoka Kelita Zupancic made her Olympic Games debut in 2012 and finished in ninth place in the women’s 70 kg division.
She has represented Canada at two world championships (2010 in Tokyo and 2011 in Paris) and finished fifth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. At the Pan American Championships, she won gold in 2010 and three bronze medals in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
A three-time Canadian senior champion in 2007, 2009 and 2010, Zupancic dominated the junior national scene, winning four consecutive titles from 2006 through to 2009.
From Whitby, ON, Zupancic was previously a highly skilled ice hockey player, playing much of her early years on a boys’ AAA team. Spending a year in Japan training and competing with one of the top company teams, Zupancic calls her time in the birthplace of Judo a ‘once-in-alifetime’ experience.
Formokan Judo ClubOSHAWA, Ontario, CANADA
Sibling(s) Name(s) (date of birth):
Anton Zupancic (24/11/91), Ryan Zupancic (26/11/93), Andrew Zupancic (01/05/95)
Shidokan Judo Club- Montreal, Quebec
National titles (include event, year):
4 times National Junior Champions, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2 times National Champion sr, 2007, 2009
Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2011:
Gran Slam, Rio Janeiro, 3rd
World Cup Sao Paulo, 2nd
Pan Am Championships, 3rd
Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2010:
World Cup Baku, 1st
Pan Am Ch, 1st
World Championship appearances – Best results by year: