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 Olivia Clifford for a Q&A profile interview.

Name:

Olivia Clifford

Age:

19

Karate Discipline:

Kumite

Hometown:

Port Denison, Dongara

Current Training Venue:

Shobukan Martial Arts

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

3

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

“Mental preparation was the biggest challenge, your mind is the only opponent you have on the day of competition. If you can master your mind your body can do anything. Leading up to the world championships I broke my hand. Meaning my mental preparation needed to be higher than usual. I am also a full time university student so my training schedule was at all times of the day and night.”

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

“Being able to be on the world stage competing against the best athletes from other nations, and hopefully doing my country proud. I’ve worked hard the last two-years so that my idols could become my rivals.”

What is your karate highlight to date?

“Finishing in 7th place at the Karate 1 Premier league Series A – held in Istanbul Turkey. And becoming the 2019 Under 21 and Senior National Champion.”

Who is your sporting inspiration?

“Douglas Brose. He is inspiration on and off the tatami his is the ultimate sportsman.”

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.