Gina Thornton of Southwest Roanoke County won a gold medal and title of WKC World Champion at the WKC Karate/Kickboxing World Championships in Montreal, Canada. This win is her eighth world title. She also participated on the five-person team and won each of her matches fought, although the team won silver (2nd place) in the world.
Thornton, 27, is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate and has been training in martial arts for over 18 years.
Kelly Fletcher, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate, placed 6th in the world in individual Forms competition (routine), and she and another USA teammate placed 3rd (bronze) in Team Forms competition. Fletcher has been training in martial arts for over 4 years.
– Submitted by Sean Elliott, Sr., Elliott’s Family Karate