Kelita Zupancic is Canada’s top-ranked female judoka who competed at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. In her four appearances at the IJF World Championships, she recorded a career-high finish of seventh in 2014. She has stood on the podium in numerous international events, including seven straight times at the Pan American Championships, dating back to 2009. Zupancic earned her first World Cup victory in October 2010 in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was also in Baku where she earned her first Grand Slam victory in May 2013. Zupancic’s first national title came in 2005 when she competed in the U-17 division. She added the U-20 national title a year a later before capturing both the U-20 and senior national titles in 2007.
Family: Parents Edward and Annette Zupancic… Younger brothers Anton, Ryan, and Andrew…
Getting into the Sport: Started in judo at age 5, introduced to the sport by her father, a fifth-dan black belt… Outside Interests: Enjoys fashion, movies, reading… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Zupi… Used to play hockey on a boys’ AAA team… Spent a year training in Japan with one of the top company teams…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – T-9th
PAG: 2011 – 5th
IJF WCh: 2014 – 7th; 2013 – Rd 16; 2011 – Rd 32; 2010 – Rd 32
PAC: 2015 – GOLD; 2014 – SILVER; 2013 – GOLD; 2012 – BRONZE; 2011 – BRONZE; 2010 – GOLD; 2009 – BRONZE