Over the years, Kimiko Kamstra has steadily climbed the ranks of being one of the best judokas in B.C. and Canada.
The 18-year-old who calls the Hart Judo Academy home recently returned to Prince George with a pair of silver medals from the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. She won individual silver in the minus 44-kilogram female division and helped her B.C. female squad win the silver medal in the team competition.
Kamstra had quite the successful year in 2018, standing on the podium in five of six tournaments she entered.
At the 2018 Canadian Judo Open Championships, she won gold in the U-21 women's division and silver in the U-18 girls minus 44kg division.
At the 2018 Pacific International tournament, she won bronze in the U-18 girls minus 48kg class. She earned another bronze at the 2018 Canada West Open in the U-21 women's minus 48kg category.
At the 2018 Toronto Open, Kamstra claimed bronze in the U-21 minus 48kg division and she also took bronze at the Saskatchewan Open in the U-18 minus 48kg division.
At the 2018 Pan American Championship, Kamstra finished fifth in the U-18 minus 44kg division and seventh in the U-21 minus 44kg category.