The 2019 WKF XI Junior, Cadet and U21 Championships are taking place from October 23-27 in Santiago De Chile.

In the lead up to the event, AKF Media caught up with one of Australia’s junior team captains – Ben De Bortoli – for a Q&A profile interview.

Name:

Ben De Bortoli

Age:

19

Karate Discipline:

Kumite

Hometown:

Bacchus Marsh

Current Training Venue:

Shindo Karate Bacchus Marsh

How many times have you competed at a World Junior Championship?

Twice.

What obstacles have you had to face leading up to the World Junior Championships?

“I tore my hip flexor about 9 weeks out from Junior Worlds. I was pretty dejected about the situation. However, after having a chat with my strength and conditioning coach Trent Saunders, we developed a plan that would complement my karate program and get me back to my best. I’m now in the form of my life and ready to have a red hot crack in Chile!”

What are you most looking forward to at the World Junior Championships?

“Being able to show the world that Australians are amongst the best fighters on the planet. It’s an honour to wear the Coat of Arms and hopefully I can do it proud.”

What is your karate highlight to date?

“In 2019 winning the Under 21 -75kg and the Senior Male -75kg at both the Australian Open and the National Championships. As well as becoming one of the joint youngest fighters to ever represent Australia at a Senior Oceania championships at 18 years old.”

Who is your sporting inspiration?

“As I’m a Geelong Cats diehard, my sporting inspiration is Joel Selwood. I pride myself on being able to lead by example and never give up, something that Selwood does every single game.”

Stay tuned to Australia Karate Federation’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels for more Q&A’s profiles with our Australian athletes in the coming days.