WATCH: Thirteen-year-old Olivia Brodie may not seem intimidating, but she lets her fists do the talking.
Olivia began participating in karate when she was just four-years-old and has progressed her way to a brown belt. Very shy and reserved, she won’t say much when you try and spark a conversation, but when she’s doing karate, everything changes.
“Quite quiet, she has a really strong competitive spirit,” Kenzen Sports Karate chief instructor Richard Mosdell says.
Olivia recently came home from the national championships where she captured a silver medal in technical form and a gold medal in sparring.
“When the referee stopped the match and said you win, we kinda looked at each other like, you won!” Mosdell recalls, “then I looked at her parents and said wow she made it, that was really incredible.”
“We can’t really believe the result,” Olivia’s dad, Ian says, “we went in with no expectations and we were super excited as any parent would be.”
With her performance, Olivia now qualifies for the upcoming Pan-American Games, and also gets to train with the Canadian National Team, bringing her one step closer to her eventual goal.
“I hope one day I get to go to World [Championships] or Olympics or something,” Olivia says.
This pint-sized powerhouse will travel to Brazil in August, looking to continue her journey to the grandest stage.