South Surrey’s Jusleen Virk won a silver medal at Junior Pan-Am Karate Championships in Brazil earlier this month.
Virk, competing in the U21 women’s under-53 kg division, advanced to the finals in kumite (sparring), but was defeated in the gold-medal match by a fighter from Venezuela.
The Junior Pan-Am Games were held Sept. 1-3 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Last week, Virk was in Instanbul along with six other kumite competitors from Canada’s senior national team, taking part in the Instanbul Open Karate Championships.
Virk’s silver-medal performance in Brazil was also enough to earn her an invite to the Pan-Am Games in Mexico, and she’ll also compete next month at the world championships, scheduled for Malaysia from Oct. 13-16.